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[dep-yuh-tee] /ˈdɛp yə ti/
noun, plural deputies.
a person appointed or authorized to act as a substitute for another or others.
a person appointed or elected as assistant to a public official, serving as successor in the event of a vacancy.
a person representing a constituency in certain legislative bodies.
appointed, elected, or serving as an assistant or second-in-command.
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English depute < Old French, noun use of past participle of deputer to depute
Related forms
deputyship, noun
subdeputy, noun, plural subdeputies.
1. agent, representative, surrogate, envoy, emissary, proxy. Unabridged
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  • The center deputies have the personnel, finance and administration functions to supervise.
  • Down the road are the headlights of local spotters, many of them sheriff's deputies.
  • The deputies swore they would not let the project go ahead.
  • But this role can already be played by the deputies of small parties.
  • Local sheriffs deputies tried for more than six months to figure out who she was.
  • At the opening session of the new parliament almost one-third of the deputies refused to be sworn in.
  • They leave a troubling impression of an arrogant government, out of touch with its deputies and contemptuous of the popular mood.
  • And she must do all this without any full-time deputies to share the burden.
  • His fellow deputies, along with local and state policemen, outnumber the watching journalists.
  • Re-election of the president and deputies is permitted, but not consecutively.
British Dictionary definitions for deputies


noun (pl) -ties
  1. a person appointed to act on behalf of or represent another
  2. (as modifier): the deputy chairman
a member of the legislative assembly or of the lower chamber of the legislature in various countries, such as France
(Brit, mining) another word for fireman (sense 4)
Word Origin
C16: from Old French depute, from deputer to appoint; see depute
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Word Origin and History for deputies



c.1400, "one given the full power of an officer without holding the office," from Anglo-French deputé, noun use of past participle of Middle French députer "appoint, assign" (14c.), from Late Latin deputare "to destine, allot," in classical Latin "to esteem, consider, consider as," literally "to cut off, prune," from de- "away" (see de-) + putare "to think, count, consider," literally "to cut, prune" (see pave).

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deputies in the Bible

in 1 Kings 22:47, means a prefect; one set over others. The same Hebrew word is rendered "officer;" i.e., chief of the commissariat appointed by Solomon (1 Kings 4:5, etc.). In Esther 8:9; 9:3 (R.V., "governor") it denotes a Persian prefect "on this side" i.e., in the region west of the Euphrates. It is the modern word _pasha_. In Acts 13:7, 8, 12; 18:12, it denotes a proconsul; i.e., the governor of a Roman province holding his appointment from the senate. The Roman provinces were of two kinds, (1) senatorial and (2) imperial. The appointment of a governor to the former was in the hands of the senate, and he bore the title of proconsul (Gr. anthupatos). The appointment of a governor to the latter was in the hands of the emperor, and he bore the title of propraetor (Gr. antistrategos).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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