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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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British Dictionary definitions for deputy ship


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 deputy ship



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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deputy ship 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).

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