"vice" Definition

  1. n. A defect; a fault; an error; a blemish; an imperfection; as, the vices of a political constitution; the vices of a horse.
  2. n. 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. n. 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. n. A kind of instrument for holding work, as in filing. Same as Vise.
  5. n. A tool for drawing lead into cames, or flat grooved rods, for casements.
  6. n. A gripe or grasp.
  7. v. t. To hold or squeeze with a vice, or as if with a vice.
  8. prep. In the place of; in the stead; as, A. B. was appointed postmaster vice C. D. resigned.
  9. 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.

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Position in dictionary: 107645 of 111710 words.
Word Type: n., n., n., n., n., n., v. t., prep., prep.,
Words that start with "vice": 13
Words that end with "vice": 14
Words that contain "vice": 38
Next words in dictionary: vice-regal, viced, vicegerency, vicegerent, viceman
Previous words in dictionary: vicary, vicarship, vicariously, vicarious, vicariate

English Dictionary Definition of vice

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