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Definition vice

Etymology 1

From Middle English vice, from Old French vice, from Latin vitium (“fault or blemish”).


vice (plural vices)

  1. A bad habit.
  2. (law) Any of various crimes related (depending on jurisdiction) to prostitution, pornography, gambling, alcohol, or drugs.
  3. A defect in the temper or behaviour of a horse, such as to make the animal dangerous, to injure its health, or to diminish its usefulness.

Etymology 2

From French vis (“screw, winding stairs”), from Old French vis, viz, from Latin vitis (“vine”). Akin to English withy.


vice (plural vices)

  1. A mechanical screw apparatus used for clamping or holding (also spelled vise).
  2. A tool for drawing lead into cames, or flat grooved rods, for casements.
  3. (obsolete) A grip or grasp.
  4. (architecture) A winding or spiral staircase.

vice (third-person singular simple present vices, present participle vicing, simple past and past participle viced)

  1. To hold or squeeze with a vice, or as if with a vice.

Etymology 3

From Latin vice (“in place of”), ablative form of vicis. Compare French fois (“time”) and Spanish vez (“time, turn”).


vice (not comparable)

  1. in place of; subordinate to; designating a person below another in rank


  1. instead of, in place of

vice (plural vices)

  1. One who acts in place of a superior.

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