browse words by letter
a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z

vicarmore about vicar


  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  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.] 
  2.  (Eng.  Eccl.  Law)  The  incumbent  of  an  appropriated 
  Note:  The  distinction  between  a  parson  [or  rector]  and  vicar 
  is  this:  The  parson  has  for  the  most  part  the  whole 
  right  to  the  ecclesiastical  dues  in  his  parish;  but  a 
  vicar  has  generally  an  appropriator  over  him  entitled 
  to  the  best  part  of  the  profits,  to  whom  he  is  in  fact 
  perpetual  curate  with  a  standing  salary.  --Burrill. 
  {Apostolic  vicar},  or  {Vicar  apostolic}.  (R.  C.  Ch.) 
  a  A  bishop  to  whom  the  Roman  pontiff  delegates  a  portion 
  of  his  jurisdiction. 
  b  Any  ecclesiastic  acting  under  a  papal  brief, 
  commissioned  to  exercise  episcopal  authority. 
  c  A  titular  bishop  in  a  country  where  there  is  no 
  episcopal  see  or  where  the  succession  has  been 
  {Vicar  forane}.  [Cf.  LL  foraneus  situated  outside  of  the 
  episcopal  city,  rural.  See  {Vicar},  and  {Foreign}.]  (R.  C. 
  Ch.)  A  dignitary  or  parish  priest  appointed  by  a  bishop  to 
  exercise  a  limited  jurisdiction  in  a  particular  town  or 
  district  of  a  diocese.  --Addis  &  Arnold. 
  a  (Ch.  of  Eng.)  The  deputy  of  the  Archbishop  of 
  Canterbury  or  York,  in  whose  court  the  bishops  of  the 
  province  are  confirmed.  --Encyc.  Brit. 
  b  (R.  C.  Ch.)  An  assistant  to  a  bishop  in  the  discharge 
  of  his  official  functions. 
  {Vicar  of  Jesus  Christ}  (R.  C.  Ch.),  the  pope  as  representing 
  Christ  on  earth. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  a  Roman  Catholic  priest  who  acts  for  another  higher-ranking 
  2:  (US  Episcopal  Church)  a  clergyman  in  charge  of  a  chapel 
  3:  (Church  of  England)  a  clergyman  appointed  to  act  as  priest 
  of  a  parish 

more about vicar