noun (plural vicars-general) Date: 15th century an administrative deputy of a Roman Catholic or Anglican bishop or of the head of a religious order

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  • Vicar-General — • The highest official of a diocese after the ordinary Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Vicar General     Vicar General     † …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Vicar-general — Vicar Vic ar, n. [OE. vicar, viker, vicair, F. vicaire, fr. L. vicarius. See {Vicarious}.] 1. One deputed or authorized to perform the functions of another; a substitute in office; a deputy. [R.] [1913 Webster] 2. (Eng. Eccl. Law) The incumbent… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • vicar-general — [vik′ər jen′ər əl] n. pl. vicars general [ME vicare generale < ML vicarius generalis: see VICAR & GENERAL] 1. an administrative deputy, as of a bishop or of the general superior of a religious order, society, etc. 2. in English history, the… …   English World dictionary

  • vicar-general — vicar general; vicar general·ship; …   English syllables

  • Vicar general — A vicar general (often abbreviated VG) is the principal deputy of the bishop of a diocese for the exercise of administrative authority. As vicar of the bishop, the vicar general exercises the bishop s ordinary executive power over the entire… …   Wikipedia

  • vicar-general — vicar generalship, n. /vik euhr jen euhr euhl/, n., pl. vicars general. 1. Rom. Cath. Ch. a priest deputized by a bishop to assist him in the administration of a diocese. 2. Ch. of Eng. an ecclesiastical officer, usually a layperson, who assists… …   Universalium

  • vicar general — noun (plural vicars general) an official serving as a deputy or representative of a bishop or archbishop …   English new terms dictionary

  • vicar-general — vic′ar gen′eral n. pl. vicars general 1) rel a Roman Catholic priest deputized by a bishop to assist in the administration of a diocese 2) rel an ecclesiastical officer in the Church of England, usu. lay, who assists a bishop or archbishop •… …   From formal English to slang

  • vicar-general — /vɪkə ˈdʒɛnrəl/ (say vikuh jenruhl) noun (plural vicars general) a priest appointed by a bishop to act as a deputy and to assist in the administration of a diocese …   Australian English dictionary

  • Vicar-General — ♦ The chief administrative deputy for the bishop, usually when the latter was absent from his diocese. (Heath, Peter. Church and Realm, 1272 1461, 369) …   Medieval glossary

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