American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An evil, degrading, or immoral practice or habit.
- n. A serious moral failing.
- n. Wicked or evil conduct or habits; corruption.
- n. Sexual immorality, especially prostitution.
- n. A slight personal failing; a foible: the vice of untidiness.
- n. A flaw or imperfection; a defect.
- n. A physical defect or weakness.
- n. An undesirable habit, such as crib-biting, in a domestic animal.
- n. A character representing generalized or particular vice in English morality plays.
- n. A jester or buffoon.
- n. Variant of vise.
- prep. In place of; replacing.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Fault; mistake; error: as, a vice of method.
- n. An imperfection; a defect; a blemish: as, a vice of conformation; a vice of literary style.
- n. Any immoral or evil habit or practice; evil conduct in which a person indulges; a particular form of wickedness or depravity; immorality; specifically, the indulgence of impure or degrading appetites or passions: as, the vice of drunkenness; hence, also, a fault or bad trick in a lower animal, as a horse.
- n. Depravity; corruption of morals or manners: in a collective sense and without a plural: as, an age of vice.
- n. Depravity or corruption of the physical organization; some morbid strife of the system: as, he inherited a constitutional vice which resulted in consumption.
- n. Viciousness; ugliness; mischievousness.
- n. [capitalized] The stock buffoon in the old English moralities, or moral plays, sometimes having the name of one specific vice, as Fraud, Envy, Covetousness, sometimes of Vice in general. See Iniquity, 4.
- n. Synonyms and Iniquity, etc. See crime.
- See vise.
- n. A vice-chairman, vice-president, or other substitute or deputy, the principal or primary officer being indicated by the context.
- In the place of; instead of: a Latin noun used in a position which gives it, as transferred to English, the effect of a preposition governing the following noun: as, Lieutenant A is gazetted as captain, vice Captain B promoted.
- A prefix denoting, in the word compounded with it, one who acts in place of another, or one who is second in rank: as, vice-president, vice-chancellor. It is sometimes used alone as a noun, the word for which it stands being indicated by the context. Vice–in some cases indicates a deputy appointed by the principal officer or authority, and receiving his power by delegation, as in the case of a viceroy or vicegerent; and in other cases it indicates an alternative officer, alternate, or substitute appointed or elected by the same power as the primary officer, and receiving his power not by delegation, but directly in the same manner as the primary officer, and having no power to act in place of the primary officer except in case of a vacancy or, it may be, absence or disability, in which case he acts not under the direction of the primary officer, but independently as a substitute. This is the nature of the office of vice-president or vice-chairman.
- n. A bad habit.
- n. law prostitution
- n. A mechanical screw apparatus used for clamping or holding (also spelled vise).
- adj. in place of; subordinate to; designating a person below another in rank
- prep. instead of, in place of
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A defect; a fault; an error; a blemish; an imperfection.
- n. A moral fault or failing; especially, immoral conduct or habit, as in the indulgence of degrading appetites; customary deviation in a single respect, or in general, from a right standard, implying a defect of natural character, or the result of training and habits; a harmful custom; immorality; depravity; wickedness.
- n. The buffoon of the old English moralities, or moral dramas, having the name sometimes of one vice, sometimes of another, or of
Viceitself; -- called also Iniquity.
- n. (Mech.) A kind of instrument for holding work, as in filing. Same as vise.
- n. A tool for drawing lead into cames, or flat grooved rods, for casements.
- n. obsolete A gripe or grasp.
- v. To hold or squeeze with a vice, or as if with a vice.
- prep. In the place of; in the stead.
- adj. Denoting one who in certain cases may assume the office or duties of a superior; designating an officer or an office that is second in rank or authority.
- n. a specific form of evildoing
- n. moral weakness
- From Latin vice ("in place of"), ablative form of vicis. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Latin vitium.Latin ablative of *vix, change; see vice-. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Love makes men overlook this vice (for it is a _vice_), for _a while_; but, this does not last for life.”
Advice to Young Men And (Incidentally) to Young Women in the Middle and Higher Ranks of Life. In a Series of Letters, Addressed to a Youth, a Bachelor, a Lover, a Husband, a Father, a Citizen, or a Subject.
“When you moved from the title vice president to executive vice president, did your responsibilities change?”
“While at ABC from 1957 to 1964 when he held the title vice president and general manager of sports programs, his involvement in the development of”
“One source says the committee has discussed with Barker a three-year contract with the title vice-president of football operations/GM, with a team option for a three-year extension.”
“Bob Kain, who held the title vice chairman and served as an advisor to Cleveland Browns owner Randy Lerner, has left the team.”
“I was what they call a vice-president from Mississippi for many years.”
“Another reported that at a recent conference of the Scripps Northwest League editors it was decided that the use of such terms as gonorrhea, syphilis, and even venereal diseases would not add to the tone of the papers, and that the term vice diseases can be readily substituted.”
“When the will is concentrated upon the suppression of malice and the intensifying of love all those cults of sensation which we call vice naturally relinquish their hold upon us.”
“On 1 August, 1776, the Government of Spain decided to establish what it called the vice-royalty of the River Plate, under”
“His reasoning exemplifies everywhere what I call the vice of intellectualism, for abstract terms are used by him as positively excluding all that their definition fails to include.”
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