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Meaning of vicar-general

vic•ar-gen•er•al

Pronunciation: (vik'ur-jen'ur-ul), [key]
— pl. vic•ars-gen•er•al.
  1. a priest deputized by a bishop to assist him in the administration of a diocese.
  2. an ecclesiastical officer, usually a layperson, who assists a bishop or an archbishop in the discharge of his judicial or administrative duties.
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