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Vice meaning

vice - 12 dictionary results

  1. 1. A defect; a fault; an error; a blemish; an imperfection; as, the vices of a political constitution; the vices of a horse.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 4. A kind of instrument for holding work, as in filing. Same as Vise.
  5. 5. A tool for drawing lead into cames, or flat grooved rods, for casements.
  6. 6. A gripe or grasp.
  7. 7. To hold or squeeze with a vice, or as if with a vice.
  8. 8. In the place of; in the stead; as, A. B. was appointed postmaster vice C. D. resigned.
  9. 9. 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.
  10. 10. The buffoon of the old English moralities, or moral dramas, having the name sometimes of one vice, sometimes of another, or of itself; - called also Iniquity.
  11. 11. A fault; immoral act immorality.
  12. 12. Clamp with two jaws, closing by a screw.

vice - examples of usage

  1. The Vice- Chairman was always there, and Mr. Marthorne was always there. - "Hodge and His Masters", Richard Jefferies.
  2. Human beings are human beings, in spite of Vice- Chancellors. - "The Beautiful Wretch; The Pupil of Aurelius; and The Four Macnicols", William Black.
  3. This vice cannot be overcome directly. - "Practical Ethics", William DeWitt Hyde.
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