Simple Definition of vice
: bad or immoral behavior or habits
: a moral flaw or weakness
: a minor bad habit
Full Definition of vice
3 : a physical imperfection, deformity, or taint
5 : an abnormal behavior pattern in a domestic animal detrimental to its health or usefulness
6 : sexual immorality; especially : prostitution
Examples of vice
Such men are prone to vice.
He thought gambling was a vice.
Eating too much is my vice.
The city is a den of filth and vice.
Origin of vice
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin vitium fault, vice
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of vice
offense, resentment, umbrage, pique, dudgeon, huff mean an emotional response to or an emotional state resulting from a slight or indignity. offense implies hurt displeasure <takes deep offense at racial slurs>. resentment suggests lasting indignation or ill will <harbored a lifelong resentment of his brother>. umbrage may suggest hurt pride, resentment, or suspicion of another's motives <took umbrage at the offer of advice>. pique applies to a transient feeling of wounded vanity <in a pique I foolishly declined the invitation>. dudgeon suggests an angry fit of indignation <stormed out of the meeting in high dudgeon>. huff implies a peevish short-lived spell of anger usually at a petty cause <in a huff he slammed the door>.
offense, sin, vice, crime, scandal mean a transgression of law. offense applies to the infraction of any law, rule, or code <at that school no offense went unpunished>. sin implies an offense against moral or religious law <the sin of blasphemy>. vice applies to a habit or practice that degrades or corrupts <regarded gambling as a vice>. crime implies a serious offense punishable by the law of the state <the crime of murder>. scandal applies to an offense that outrages the public conscience <a career ruined by a sex scandal>.
Definition of vice
chiefly British variant of vise
Definition of vice
: in the place of <I will preside, vice the absent chairman>; also : rather than
Definition of vice-
: one that takes the place of <vice-chancellor>
Origin of vice-
Middle English vis-, vice-, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin vice-, from Latin vice, abl. of vicis
Medical Definition of vice
: an abnormal behavior pattern in a domestic animal detrimental to its health or usefulness
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