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Meaning of VICARIOUS

Pronunciation:  vI'kehreeus

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  suffered or done by one person as a substitute for another; "vicarious atonement"
  2. [adj]  (medicine) occurring in an abnormal part of the body instead of the usual site involved in that function; "vicarious menstruation"
  3. [adj]  experienced at secondhand; "read about mountain climbing and felt vicarious excitement"

VICARIOUS is a 9 letter word that starts with V.


 Synonyms: abnormal, exchangeable, secondary



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Vi*ca"ri*ous\, a. [L. vicarius, from vicis change,
alternation, turn, the position, place, or office of one
person as assumed by another; akin to Gr. ? to yield, give
way, G. wechsel a change, and probably also to E. weak. See
{Weak}, and cf. {Vice}, prep.]
1. Of or pertaining to a vicar, substitute, or deputy;
   deputed; delegated; as, vicarious power or authority.

2. Acting of suffering for another; as, a vicarious agent or

         The soul in the body is but a subordinate efficient,
         and vicarious . . . in the hands of the Almighty.
                                               --Sir M. Hale.

3. Performed of suffered in the place of another;
   substituted; as, a vicarious sacrifice; vicarious

         The vicarious work of the Great Deliverer. --I.

4. (Med.) Acting as a substitute; -- said of abnormal action
   which replaces a suppressed normal function; as, vicarious
   hemorrhage replacing menstruation.