Meaning of VICE in English

vice /vaɪs/ BrE AmE noun

[ Sense 1-3: Date: 1200-1300 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: Latin vitium 'fault, vice' ]

1 . [uncountable] criminal activities that involve sex or drugs:

the fight against vice on the streets

The police have smashed a vice ring (=a group of criminals involved in vice) in Chicago.

⇨ ↑ Vice Squad

2 . [countable] a bad habit:

Smoking is my only vice.

3 . [uncountable and countable] a bad or immoral quality in a person, or bad or immoral behaviour OPP virtue :

Jealousy is a vice.

to reward virtue and punish vice

4 .

[countable] (usually vise AmE) a tool that holds an object very firmly so that you can work on it:

He held my arm like a vice.

⇨ ↑ vice-like

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.