Definition of viceroyalty in English:


(also Viceroyalty)


  • 1The office, position, or authority of a viceroy.

    ‘by creating a viceroyalty, the tsar went beyond the policy of devolution which had operated under Ermolov’
    mass noun ‘he proved a rabid seeker of gold and viceroyalty’
    • ‘Beginning in the second half of the eighteenth century, the population in the Peruvian viceroyalty began to slowly increase after epidemics brought by the Spanish conquistadors in the sixteenth century had killed thousands of people.’
    • ‘The authors explain how the Bourbon reforms of the late eighteenth century transformed the viceroyalty of New Spain into one of the most efficient tax regimes in colonial history.’
    • ‘Most cases in our sample occurred in the rural areas of Santa Fe / Mariquita and Tunja / Pamplona, the viceroyalty's central and northeastern provinces and two of its most densely populated regions.’
    • ‘From 1942 Eden was Churchill's designated successor, but his distaste for party politics made him consider seriously Churchill's offer of the Indian viceroyalty.’
    • ‘With the establishment of the Spanish viceroyalties, the era of European colonization began.’
    • ‘The viceroyalty established at Lima in 1542 initially had jurisdiction over all of South America except Portuguese Brazil.’
    • ‘Spain ruled Peru as a viceroyalty for nearly 300 years after the conquest and regarded it more or less as a huge mine that existed to fill the crown's coffers.’
    • ‘The viceroyalty's territory was vast and included what is now Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay and parts of Bolivia, Peru, and Chile.’
    • ‘This grandeur was the legacy of the ‘enlightened despotism’ of the viceroyalty.’
    1. 1.1 A territory governed by a viceroy.
      ‘the newly created viceroyalty of Buenos Aires’
      • ‘The name Peru was pervasive during the colonial period and was used to denominate the larger sections of the powerful viceroyalty of Lima.’
      • ‘Buenos Aires, capital of a viceroyalty established in 1776, came into its own during the 19th century as the centre of music publishing, opera, and concert life in Spanish South America.’
      • ‘Ecuador was part of the viceroyalty of Peru, and the Inca Atahualpa had his capital in Quito.’
      • ‘However, when the Spanish authorities realised what was happening, they declared the entire area of what is now Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and Bolivia as a viceroyalty, and made Buenos Aires the capital.’
      • ‘Spain quickly established the viceroyalties of New Spain and Peru, claimed all native gold and silver mines, and forced Indians to work them.’
      • ‘Until 1720 Ecuador was a section of the viceroyalty of Peru; after that date, it was grouped with what is now Colombia in the viceroyalty of New Granada.’
      • ‘In the process, he makes a vigorous case for what he calls the ‘aggressive modernity’ of the Baroque culture of the Spanish-American viceroyalties.’
      • ‘More than 21% of all assaults reported in the viceroyalty were cases of wife-beating (58 cases in a sample of 275 crimes).’
      • ‘During the colonial period, in this Spanish American region then called the viceroyalty of New Granada, women suffered repeated verbal and physical abuse, sometimes culminating in murder, at the hands of their spouses.’
      • ‘The poverty-stricken viceroyalty of Sardinia contributed little, Sicily somewhat more; most of the burden fell on Naples.’
      • ‘In 1776 Argentina was incorporated into the viceroyalty of La Plata, with its capital in Buenos Aires; in addition to Argentina, the viceroyalty of La Plata comprised Uruguay, Paraguay, and Bolivia.’
      • ‘Then came the exposure of the population to the threat of piracy, a scourge which the Spanish tried to counteract throughout their viceroyalties with fortifications.’
      • ‘Despite its modest size and the irregular temporal, spatial, and ethnic distribution of the cases, the sample represents more than 70% of spousal murders that occurred in the viceroyalty at the time.’
      • ‘In May 1735, a team of 10 scientists left for the Andean town of Quito, in the viceroyalty of Peru, a Spanish colonial possession that encompassed most of South America.’