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Meaning of VICE

Pronunciation:  'vIsee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a specific form of evildoing; "vice offends the moral standards of the community"
  2. [n]  moral weakness

VICE is a 4 letter word that starts with V.


 Synonyms: frailty
 See Also: evil, evildoing, evilness, gambling, gaming, intemperance, intemperateness, play, self-indulgence, transgression



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Vice\, n. [F., from L. vitium.]
    1. A defect; a fault; an error; a blemish; an imperfection;
       as, the vices of a political constitution; the vices of a
             Withouten vice of syllable or letter. --Chaucer.
             Mark the vice of the procedure.       --Sir W.
    2. A moral fault or failing; especially, immoral conduct or
       habit, as in the indulgence of degrading appetites;
       customary deviation in a single respect, or in general,
       from a right standard, implying a defect of natural
       character, or the result of training and habits; a harmful
       custom; immorality; depravity; wickedness; as, a life of
       vice; the vice of intemperance.
             I do confess the vices of my blood.   --Shak.
             Ungoverned appetite . . . a brutish vice. --Milton.
             When vice prevails, and impious men bear sway, The
             post of honor is a private station.   --Addison.
    3. The buffoon of the old English moralities, or moral
       dramas, having the name sometimes of one vice, sometimes
       of another, or of Vice itself; -- called also {Iniquity}.
    Note: This character was grotesquely dressed in a cap with
          ass's ears, and was armed with a dagger of lath: one of
          his chief employments was to make sport with the Devil,
          leaping on his back, and belaboring him with the dagger
          of lath till he made him roar. The Devil, however,
          always carried him off in the end. --Nares.
                How like you the Vice in the play? . . . I would
                not give a rush for a Vice that has not a wooden
                dagger to snap at everybody.       --B. Jonson.
    Syn: Crime; sin; iniquity; fault. See {Crime}.
  2. \Vice\, n. [See {Vise}.]
    1. (Mech.) A kind of instrument for holding work, as in
       filing. Same as {Vise}.
    2. A tool for drawing lead into cames, or flat grooved rods,
       for casements. [Written also {vise}.]
    3. A gripe or grasp. [Obs.] --Shak.
  3. \Vice\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Viced}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    To hold or squeeze with a vice, or as if with a vice. --Shak.
          The coachman's hand was viced between his upper and
          lower thigh.                             --De Quincey.
  4. \Vi"ce\, prep. [L., abl. of vicis change, turn. See
    In the place of; in the stead; as, A. B. was appointed
    postmaster vice C. D. resigned.
  5. \Vice\, a. [Cf. F. vice-. See {Vice}, prep.]
    Denoting one who in certain cases may assume the office or
    duties of a superior; designating an officer or an office
    that is second in rank or authority; as, vice president; vice
    agent; vice consul, etc.
    {Vice admiral}. [Cf. F. vice-amiral.]
    (a) An officer holding rank next below an admiral. By the
        existing laws, the rank of admiral and vice admiral in
        the United States Navy will cease at the death of the
        present incumbents.
    (b) A civil officer, in Great Britain, appointed by the lords
        commissioners of the admiralty for exercising admiralty
        jurisdiction within their respective districts.
    {Vice admiralty}, the office of a vice admiral.
    {Vice-admiralty court}, a court with admiralty jurisdiction,
       established by authority of Parliament in British
       possessions beyond the seas. --Abbott.
    {Vice chamberlain}, an officer in court next in rank to the
       lord chamberlain. [Eng.]
    {Vice chancellor}.
    (a) (Law) An officer next in rank to a chancellor.
    (b) An officer in a university, chosen to perform certain
        duties, as the conferring of degrees, in the absence of
        the chancellor.
    (c) (R. C. Ch.) The cardinal at the head of the Roman
    {Vice consul} [cf. F. vice-consul], a subordinate officer,
       authorized to exercise consular functions in some
       particular part of a district controlled by a consul.
    {Vice king}, one who acts in the place of a king; a viceroy.
    {Vice legate} [cf. F. vice-l['e]gat], a legate second in rank
       to, or acting in place of, another legate.
    {Vice presidency}, the office of vice president.
    {Vice president} [cf. F. vice-pr['e]sident], an officer next
       in rank below a president.