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Definitions of vice

  1. moral weakness
  2. a specific form of evildoing; " vice offends the moral standards of the community"
  3. A defect; a fault; an error; a blemish; an imperfection; as, the vices of a political constitution; the vices of a horse.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. A kind of instrument for holding work, as in filing. Same as Vise.
  7. A tool for drawing lead into cames, or flat grooved rods, for casements.
  8. A gripe or grasp.
  9. To hold or squeeze with a vice, or as if with a vice.
  10. In the place of; in the stead; as, A. B. was appointed postmaster vice C. D. resigned.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. A fault, defect, or blemish; an immoral practice or habit; abandonment to evil; immorality; an instrument used to hold things firmly in two jaws tightened by a screw; also spelled vise.
  14. Entitled to fill an office in the absence of its holder; as, vice president; denoting the office of one so entitled; second in rank; as, vice admiral.
  15. An iron or wooden screw press, fixed to the edge of a workboard, for holding anything tightly while being filed, etc.
  16. A blemish or fault: immoral conduct: depravity of manners: a bad trick or habit in a horse.
  17. A fault; immoral act immorality.
  18. Clamp with two jaws, closing by a screw.
  19. Depravity; gross immorality.
  20. A bad trick, as of a horse.
  21. Same as VISE.
  22. Instead of; in the place of.
  23. Substitute; subordinate; sub-; second.
  24. A Latin prefix signifying second in rank, or acting in the place of.
  25. A defect, fault, blemish, or imperfection; any voluntary action or course of conduct which deviates from the rules of moral rectitude; depravity of manners; a fault or bad trick in a horse.
  26. An iron or wooden press with a screw, for holding articles fast when filed, & c.
  27. Denoting one who acts in place of another; denoting one who is second in authority, but holding the same title; denoting the office itself, as vice- admiral, vice- chancellor, vice- president, & c.
  28. Used as a separate word before a proper name, and means in the place of, as B vice C resigned- that is, B in the place of C, who has resigned.
  29. A small iron or wooden press tightened by a screw, used for holding fast an object on which a person is at work, as in the process of filing, & c.
  30. A blemish; an imperfection; depravity or corruption of conduct; the opposite of virtue; a fault or bad trick in horses.
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Quotes of vice

  1. The pursuit of pretty formulas and neat theorems can no doubt quickly degenerate into a silly vice but so can the quest for austere generalities which are so very general indeed that they are incapable of application to any particular. – E. T. Bell
  2. It is a besetting vice of democracies to substitute public opinion for law. This is the usual form in which masses of men exhibit their tyranny. – James F. Cooper
  3. Ignorance is the primary source of all misery and vice – Victor Cousin
  4. Art is vice You don't marry it legitimately, you rape it. – Edgar Degas
  5. Vice is a creature of such hideous mien... that the more you see it the better you like it. – Finley Peter Dunne
  6. No society has been able to abolish human sadness, no political system can deliver us from the pain of living, from our fear of death, our thirst for the absolute. It is the human condition that directs the social condition, not vice versa. – Eugene Ionesco
  7. No one ever reached the worst of a vice at one leap. – Juvenal
  8. I find very often that very ugly women have really handsome men and vice versa because they don't have any competition. Sometimes handsome men have avoided me. – Hedy Lamarr
  9. A pacifist will often- at least nowadays- be an internationalist and vice versa. But history shows us that a pacifist need not think internationally. – Christian Lous Lange
  10. And I've been acting for 39 years, so I define characters differently than I did in say Miami Vice – Edward James Olmos
  11. By 1980, when I came out of prison, The Sun did a campaign to stop putting vice girls in prison. We've talked about it ever since and nothing has been done about it. – Cynthia Payne
  12. In order to know virtue, we must first acquaint ourselves with vice – Marquis de Sade
  13. I won vice president of my student body in high school. That doesn't mean anything. – Al Sharpton
  14. If vice and corruption prevail, liberty cannot subsist; but if virtue have the advantage, arbitrary power cannot be established. – Algernon Sidney

Usage examples for vice

  1. Three plans for the election of president and vice president were proposed: First, election by congress; second, election by the people; third, election by persons chosen by the people for that special purpose. – Studies in Civics by James T. McCleary
  2. He kept thinking of what Doris and her friend Levine would say if they ever found out that in the midst of the Vice Investigation, its chairman had been carrying on with his secretary. – Gargoyles by Ben Hecht
  3. Perhaps an accident- a chance shot, said the vice chief. – The Last Shot by Frederick Palmer
  4. He may have kept his vice in the background when he came to The Beeches, but- but- this was the inevitable result- of- all the rest. – The Man Who Rose Again by Joseph Hocking
  5. There was in him by nature, however, a certain generosity which all the vice he had shared in had not quenched. – Malcolm by George MacDonald
  6. I have him as in a vice – Mr. Isaacs by F. Marion Crawford
  7. A man named Powlett, the vice admiral. – Caribbee by Thomas Hoover
  8. Come with me, my boy, and you shall see what vice is; and after that, if you care to try it, please yourself, for I shall have nothing more to say!" – Whosoever Shall Offend by F. Marion Crawford
  9. Among mankind, misery and vice – An Essay on the Principle of Population by Thomas Malthus
  10. We are as firmly linked by vice as by virtue. – The Redemption of David Corson by Charles Frederic Goss
  11. I have already said that vice must serve virtue, Lorenza. – Old Fritz and the New Era by Louise Muhlbach
  12. A moment after, Mr Ratman felt a hand close like a vice on his collar and himself almost lifted from the room. – Roger Ingleton, Minor by Talbot Baines Reed
  13. General Washington will be President, and probably Mr. Adams Vice President. – Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson by Thomas Jefferson
  14. To an evening party at the Vice Chancellor's; we are asked for nine o'clock, and the half hour has struck. – Tom Brown at Oxford by Thomas Hughes
  15. Our business here is scientific, not apologetic, and such evidence as we have shows that the vice needs none but a pathological explanation. – Oscar Wilde A Critical Study by Arthur Ransome
  16. When she first took notice of one or two of their fine children, the mothers said that if she could but save their children from the misery they had gone through in vice they would do anything she bid them. – Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern
  17. She will be no match for me, for she is innocent- and when was virtue ever a match for vice – The Redemption of David Corson by Charles Frederic Goss
  18. The younger generation of the older Morrison was quick to point out the virtues of this vice – Then I'll Come Back to You by Larry Evans
  19. Then, as second President, the people chose John Adams, who had already been Vice President. – This Country Of Ours by H. E. Marshall Author: Henrietta Elizabeth Marshall
  20. If successive games be played, the teams change places, the inner players going to the circle, and vice versa. – Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium by Jessie H. Bancroft

Rhymes for vice