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Definitions of vice

  1. moral weakness
  2. A defect; a fault; an error; a blemish; an imperfection; as, the vices of a political constitution; the vices of a horse.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. A kind of instrument for holding work, as in filing. Same as Vise.
  6. A tool for drawing lead into cames, or flat grooved rods, for casements.
  7. A gripe or grasp.
  8. To hold or squeeze with a vice, or as if with a vice.
  9. In the place of; in the stead; as, A. B. was appointed postmaster vice C. D. resigned.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. An iron or wooden screw press, fixed to the edge of a workboard, for holding anything tightly while being filed, etc.
  15. A blemish or fault: immoral conduct: depravity of manners: a bad trick or habit in a horse.
  16. A fault; immoral act immorality.
  17. Clamp with two jaws, closing by a screw.
  18. Depravity; gross immorality.
  19. A bad trick, as of a horse.
  20. Same as VISE.
  21. Instead of; in the place of.
  22. Substitute; subordinate; sub-; second.
  23. A Latin prefix signifying second in rank, or acting in the place of.
  24. 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.
  25. An iron or wooden press with a screw, for holding articles fast when filed, & c.
  26. 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.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. A blemish; an imperfection; depravity or corruption of conduct; the opposite of virtue; a fault or bad trick in horses.
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Usage examples for vice

  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. I have already said that vice must serve virtue, Lorenza. – Old Fritz and the New Era by Louise Muhlbach
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. General Washington will be President, and probably Mr. Adams Vice- President. – Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson by Thomas Jefferson
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. A man named Powlett, the vice admiral. – Caribbee by Thomas Hoover
  11. 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
  12. We are as firmly linked by vice as by virtue. – The Redemption of David Corson by Charles Frederic Goss
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. I have him as in a vice. – Mr. Isaacs by F. Marion Crawford
  16. 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
  17. Among mankind, misery and vice. – An Essay on the Principle of Population by Thomas Malthus
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. Perhaps an accident- a chance shot, said the vice- chief. – The Last Shot by Frederick Palmer
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