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Vicar, a person appointed, as deputy to another, to perform his functions in
his absence, and under his authority.
Vicar, in the canon law, denotes a
priest of a parish, the predial tithes whereof are impropriated or appropriated;
that is, belong either to a chapter, religious house, etc. or to a layman, who
receives them, and only allows the vicar the small tithes, or a convenient