Etymology of the word ‘Vicar’

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c.1300, from O.Fr. vicaire, from L. vicarius “substitute, deputy,” noun use of adj. vicarius “substituting,” from vicis “change, turn, office” (see vicarious). The original notion is of “earthly representative of God or Christ;” but also used in sense of “person acting as parish priest in place of a real parson”