vice


1vice

noun \ˈvīs\

: bad or immoral behavior or habits

: a moral flaw or weakness

: a minor bad habit

Full Definition of VICE

1
a :  moral depravity or corruption :  wickedness
b :  a moral fault or failing
c :  a habitual and usually trivial defect or shortcoming :  foible <suffered from the vice of curiosity>
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3
:  a physical imperfection, deformity, or taint
4
a often capitalized :  a character representing one of the vices in an English morality play
b :  buffoon, jester
5
:  an abnormal behavior pattern in a domestic animal detrimental to its health or usefulness
6
:  sexual immorality; especially :  prostitution

Examples of VICE

  1. Such men are prone to vice.
  2. He thought gambling was a vice.
  3. Eating too much is my vice.
  4. 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

2vice

Definition of VICE

chiefly British variant of vise

Other Hardware Terms

adze, auger, awl, chock, ferrule, punch, tang

3vice

preposition \ˈvīs also ˈvī-sē\

Definition of VICE

:  in the place of <I will preside, vice the absent chairman>; also :  rather than

Origin of VICE

Latin, abl. of vicis change, alternation, stead — more at week
First Known Use: 1770

vice

noun \ˈvīs\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of VICE

: an abnormal behavior pattern in a domestic animal detrimental to its health or usefulness

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