- The definition of vicarious is living as if through someone else or acting for someone else.
An example of vicarious is when a mother who always wanted to be a dancer continually pushes her children to do ballet.
vicarious definition by Webster's New World
- taking the place of another thing or person; substitute; deputy
- held or handled by one person as the deputy of another; delegated: vicarious powers
- endured, suffered, or performed by one person in place of another: vicarious punishment
- shared in or experienced by imagined participation in another's experience: a vicarious thrill
- Physiol. designating or of a function abnormally performed by other than the usual organ or part: vicarious menstruation
Origin: Classical Latin vicarius, substituted: see vicar
vicarious definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Felt or undergone as if one were taking part in the experience or feelings of another: read about mountain climbing and experienced vicarious thrills.
- Endured or done by one person substituting for another: vicarious punishment.
- a. Acting or serving in place of someone or something else; substituted.b. Committed or entrusted to another, as powers or authority; delegated.
- Physiology Occurring in or performed by a part of the body not normally associated with a certain function.
Origin: From Latin vicārius; see Vicar .
- vi·carˈi·ous·ly adverb
- vi·carˈi·ous·ness noun
vicarious - Legal Definition
vicarious - Medical Definition
- Felt or undergone as if one were taking part in the experience or feelings of another.
- Occurring in or performed by a part of the body not normally associated with a certain function.