- 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