from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Felt or undergone as if one were taking part in the experience or feelings of another: read about mountain climbing and experienced vicarious thrills.
- adj. Endured or done by one person substituting for another: vicarious punishment.
- adj. Acting or serving in place of someone or something else; substituted.
- adj. Committed or entrusted to another, as powers or authority; delegated.
- adj. Physiology Occurring in or performed by a part of the body not normally associated with a certain function.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Experienced or gained by the loss or to the consequence of another, such as through watching or reading.
- adj. Done on behalf of others
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to a vicar, substitute, or deputy; deputed; delegated.
- adj. Acting or suffering for another.
- adj. Performed ,experienced, or suffered in the place of another; substituted.
- adj. Acting as a substitute; -- said of abnormal action which replaces a suppressed normal function.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- In paleontology, said of representative, closely related species or genera of fossil organisms occurring in homotaxial formations of different faunal provinces.
- Of or belonging to a vicar or substitute; deputed; delegated: as, vicarious power or authority.
- Acting for or officially representing another: as, a vicarious agent or officer.
- Performed or suffered for another.
- In physiology, substitutive: noting the performance by one organ of the functions normally belonging to another; compensatory.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. experienced at secondhand
- adj. suffered or done by one person as a substitute for another
- adj. occurring in an abnormal part of the body instead of the usual site involved in that function
From Latin vicārius; see vicar.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin vicārius "vicarious, substituted" (Wiktionary)