Definition of procurator in US English:



  • 1An agent representing others in a court of law in countries retaining Roman civil law.

    • ‘The other was responsible for crown property throughout Britain, and to it reported the local procurators who acted as agents in charge.’
    • ‘What he says goes with those around him, such as the chairman of the constitutional court, the procurator general, even our academics.’
    • ‘Another handy weapon in political and commercial warfare turned out to be the state procurators and courts staffed by judges who, like the KGB operatives, were inherited from the Soviet Union.’
    • ‘Nowhere in the flayed skin of Grünewald is there a trace of the Jesus who looked at Pilate through his one good eye and informed the Roman procurator that he would have no power were it not given from above.’
    • ‘But, as Pontius Pilate, the Roman procurator of Judea, supposedly asked, ‘Quid est veritas?’’
    deputy, representative, substitute, delegate, agent, surrogate, stand-in, attorney, ambassador, emissary, go-between, envoy, frontman
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    1. 1.1historical A treasury officer in a province of the Roman Empire.
      • ‘In the same site is a copy of the oldest inscription found in the city on the tomb of some procurator or other who had helped put down the revolt by Boudicca.’
      • ‘The patriarchate of Moscow was abolished by Peter the Great in 1721 and replaced by a Holy Synod of bishops which was controlled by a lay official, the chief procurator.’
      • ‘Paulinus quelled the revolt with ruthless efficiency but his methods were frowned upon by the new procurator (finance official), Classicianus.’
      • ‘In Judaea the procurators who replaced the deceased King Agrippa I in 44 proved unsatisfactory, and by 54 Claudius' eastern governors had allowed the Parthians to gain control of Greater Armenia, a serious blow to Roman prestige.’
      • ‘Piero del Tovaglia, a Florentine silk merchant, acted from 1469 onward as intermediary in the negotiations regarding the project between Florence and Mantua, legally becoming Lodovico Gonzaga's procurator in Florence in August 1470.’


Middle English (denoting a steward): from Old French procuratour or Latin procurator ‘administrator, finance agent’, from procurat- ‘taken care of’, from the verb procurare (see procure).