An example of vice is someone having a gambling problem.
- an evil or wicked action, habit, or characteristic
- evil or wicked conduct or behavior; depravity or corruption
- [V-] in old English morality plays, a character, often a buffoon, representing a vice or vice in general
- any trivial fault or failing, act of self-indulgence, etc.
- a defect or flaw, as in a work of art
- any physical or functional defect or imperfection of the body
- a bad or harmful trick or habit, as of a horse or dog
Origin of viceMiddle English from Old French from Classical Latin vitium, vice, fault from Indo-European base an unverified form wi-, apart, in two from source with, Sanskrit vi?u-, in opposite directions
Origin of viceL: see vice-
Origin of vice-from Classical Latin vice, in the place of another, ablative of an unverified form vix: see vicar
- a. A practice or habit considered to be evil, degrading, or immoral: the vices of smoking and drinking.b. Wicked or depraved conduct or habits; corruption: “sharpers, desperadoes, pirates, and criminals steeped in vice” ( Carl Holliday )
- Prostitution, the sale of illegal drugs, and certain other forms of usually nonviolent criminal behavior.
- a. A slight personal failing; a foible: the vice of untidiness.b. A flaw or imperfection; a defect: “Lady Hester remarked on the vice in his looks” ( Edna O'Brien )
- a. Vice A character representing generalized or particular vice in English morality plays.b. A jester or buffoon.
Origin of viceMiddle English from Old French from Latin vitium
Origin of viceLatin ablative of vix change ; see vice- .
Origin of vice-Middle English from Old French vis-, vice- from Late Latin vice- from Latin vice ablative of *vix change ; see weik-2 in Indo-European roots.
- A bad habit.
- Smoking is a vice, not a virtue.
- (law) Any of various crimes related (depending on jurisdiction) to prostitution, pornography, gambling, alcohol, or drugs.
- A defect in the temper or behaviour of a horse, such as to make the animal dangerous, to injure its health, or to diminish its usefulness.
- (bad habit): virtue
(third-person singular simple present vices, present participle vicing, simple past and past participle viced)
- To hold or squeeze with a vice, or as if with a vice.
vice (no comparative or superlative)
- in place of; subordinate to; designating a person below another in rank
- vice president
- vice admiral
- instead of, in place of
- A. B. was appointed postmaster vice C. D. resigned.
From Latin vice (“in place of"), ablative form of vicis.
- Someone who takes the place of someone else; a deputy.