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1. One who goes between, or intercedes; a mediator. One who interposes between parties at variance, with a view to reconcile them. One who pleads in behalf of another.

2. A bishop, who, during a vacancy of the see, administers the bishopric till a successor is installed.

Origin: L, a surety: cf. F. Intercesseur.