vicars-general

vicar-general

[vik-er-jen-er-uhl]
noun, plural vicars-general.
1.
Roman Catholic Church. a priest deputized by a bishop to assist him in the administration of a diocese.
2.
Church of England. an ecclesiastical officer, usually a layperson, who assists a bishop or an archbishop in the discharge of his judicial or administrative duties.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English

vicar-generalship, noun
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vicar-general

noun
(Roman Catholic Church) an administrative deputy who assists a bishop 
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