Vicarious meaning

vī-kârē-əs, vĭ-
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.

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Done on behalf of others.

The concept of vicarious atonement, that one person can atone for the sins of another, is found in many religions.

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Experienced or felt by empathy with or imaginary participation in the life of another person.

Read about mountain climbing and experienced vicarious thrills.

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Committed or entrusted to another, as powers or authority; delegated.
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Suffered, performed, or experienced by one person as a substitute for another; indirect; in surrogate.
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Endured or done by one person substituting for another.

Vicarious punishment.

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(physiology) Occurring in or performed by a part of the body not normally associated with a certain function.
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Experienced or felt by empathy with or imaginary participation in the life of another person.

Read about mountain climbing and experienced vicarious thrills.

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Experienced or gained by the loss or to the consequence of another, such as through watching or reading.

People experience vicarious pleasures through watching television.

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(physiology) Occurring in or performed by a part of the body not normally associated with a certain function.
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Origin of vicarious

  • From Latin vicārius vicar

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin vicārius "vicarious, substituted"

    From Wiktionary