vice

noun
\ ˈvīs \

Definition of vice 

(Entry 1 of 4)

1a : 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

3 : a physical imperfection, deformity, or taint

4a 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

vice

Definition of vice (Entry 2 of 4)

chiefly British spelling of

\ ˈvīs also ˈvī-sē \

Definition of vice (Entry 3 of 4)

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

vice-

prefix
\ ˈvīs , ˌvīs \

Definition of vice- (Entry 4 of 4)

: one that takes the place of vice-chancellor

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Noun

fault, failing, frailty, foible, vice mean an imperfection or weakness of character. fault implies a failure, not necessarily culpable, to reach some standard of perfection in disposition, action, or habit. a writer of many virtues and few faults failing suggests a minor shortcoming in character. being late is a failing of mine frailty implies a general or chronic proneness to yield to temptation. human frailties foible applies to a harmless or endearing weakness or idiosyncrasy. an eccentric's charming foibles vice can be a general term for any imperfection or weakness, but it often suggests violation of a moral code or the giving of offense to the moral sensibilities of others. compulsive gambling was his vice

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

Examples of vice in a Sentence

Noun

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.
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First Known Use of vice

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Preposition

1770, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vice

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin vitium fault, vice

Preposition

Latin, ablative of vicis change, alternation, stead — more at week

Prefix

Middle English vis-, vice-, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin vice-, from Latin vice, ablative of vicis

Preposition

Latin, ablative of vic- place, turn

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vice

noun

English Language Learners Definition of vice

: bad or immoral behavior or habits

: a moral flaw or weakness

: a minor bad habit

vice

noun
\ ˈvīs \

Kids Definition of vice

1 : evil conduct or habits

2 : a moral fault or weakness

vice-

prefix
\ ˈvīs \

Kids Definition of vice-

: one that takes the place of

vice

noun
\ ˈvīs \

Medical Definition of vice 

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

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vice

noun
\ ˈvīs \

Legal Definition of vice 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a moral fault or failing

2 : defect

3 : immoral activity (as prostitution)

\ ˈvīs, ˈvī-sē \

Legal Definition of vice (Entry 2 of 3)

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

vice-

prefix

Legal Definition of vice- (Entry 3 of 3)

: one that takes the place of vice-chancellor

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