Meaning of VICE in English

I. ˈvīs noun

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

Date: 14th century


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

2. : blemish , defect

3. : a physical imperfection, deformity, or taint


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

Synonyms: see fault , offense


chiefly British variant of vise

III. ˈvīs also ˈvī-sē preposition

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

Date: 1770

: in the place of

I will preside, vice the absent chairman

also : rather than

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