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Definitions of vice

  1. moral weakness Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a specific form of evildoing; "vice offends the moral standards of the community" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. A defect; a fault; an error; a blemish; an imperfection; as, the vices of a political constitution; the vices of a horse. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. Newage Dictionary DB
  6. A kind of instrument for holding work, as in filing. Same as Vise. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. A tool for drawing lead into cames, or flat grooved rods, for casements. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. A gripe or grasp. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. To hold or squeeze with a vice, or as if with a vice. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. In the place of; in the stead; as, A. B. was appointed postmaster vice C. D. resigned. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  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. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  15. An iron or wooden screw press, fixed to the edge of a workboard, for holding anything tightly while being filed, etc. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  16. A blemish or fault: immoral conduct: depravity of manners: a bad trick or habit in a horse. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  17. A fault; immoral act immorality. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  18. Clamp with two jaws, closing by a screw. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  19. Depravity; gross immorality. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  20. A bad trick, as of a horse. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  21. Same as VISE. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  22. Instead of; in the place of. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  23. Substitute; subordinate; sub-; second. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  24. A Latin prefix signifying second in rank, or acting in the place of. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  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. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  26. An iron or wooden press with a screw, for holding articles fast when filed, &c. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  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. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  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. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  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. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  30. A blemish; an imperfection; depravity or corruption of conduct; the opposite of virtue; a fault or bad trick in horses. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  31. A fault, defect, or imperfection. In the civil law, redhibitory vices are such faults or imperfections in the subject-matter of a sale as will give the purchaser the right Sto return the article and demand back the price. thelawdictionary.org
  32. 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. dictgcide_fs
  33. VISE, v[=i]s, n. an iron or wooden screw-press, fixed to the edge of a workboard, for holding anything tightly while being filed, &c.: (Shak.) a grip, grasp.--v.t. to screw. [Fr. vis (It. vite, screw)--L. vitis, tendril of a vine, anything spiral.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  34. v[=i]s, n. a blemish or fault: immoral conduct: depravity of manners: a bad trick or habit in a horse: mischievousness: the stock buffoon in the old English Moralities or moral plays.--n. VICIOS'ITY.--adj. VICIOUS (vish'us).--adv. VIC'IOUSLY.--n. VIC'IOUSNESS.--VICIOUS CIRCLE, syllogism, circular or erroneous reasoning; VICIOUS INTROMISSION (see INTROMIT). [Fr.,--L. vitium, a blemish.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  35. v[=i]s, prep. in the place of: also a prefix denoting in the compound word one who acts in place of or is second in rank to another.--n. a vice-chairman, &c.: one who acts in place of a superior.--ns. VICE'-AD'MIRAL, one acting in the place of, or second in command to, an admiral; VICE'-AD'MIRALTY, the office of a vice-admiral-- (VICE'-AD'MIRALTY COURTS, tribunals in the British colonies, having jurisdiction over maritime causes); VICE'-CHAIR'MAN, an alternate chairman; VICE'-CHAIR'MANSHIP; VICE'-CHAN'CELLOR, one acting for a chancellor: a lower judge of Chancery; (R.C. Church) the cardinal whose duty it is to draft and despatch papal bulls and briefs; VICE'-CHAN'CELLORSHIP; VICE'-CON'SUL, one who acts in a consul's place: a consul in a less important district; VICE'-CON'SULSHIP; VICE-DEAN', a canon chosen to represent an absent dean; VICEG[=E]'RENCY, the office of a vicegerent, deputed power.--adj. VICEG[=E]'RENT, acting in place of another, having delegated authority.--n. one acting in place of a superior.--ns. VICE'-GOV'ERNOR, deputy governor; VICE'-KING, one who acts in place of a king; VICE'-PRES'IDENCY, -PRES'IDENTSHIP; VICE'-PRES'IDENT, an officer next in rank below the president; VICE'-PRIN'CIPAL, assistant principal.--adj. VICER[=E]'GAL.--ns. VICER[=E]'GENCY; VICE'ROY, VICER[=E]'GENT, one representing the royal authority in a dependency, as in India; VICEROY'ALTY, VICE'ROYSHIP. [L., 'in the place of,' abl. of vicis (gen.), change.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  36. Evil esp. grossly immoral habit or conduct, (particular form of) depravity, serious fault, as has the v. of gluttony, drunkenness is not among his vv., v. is duly punished& virtue rewarded in fifth act, has no redeeming v. (tc relieve over powering rectitude); defect, blemish, (of character, literary style, &c.); fault, bad trick, in horse &c., as has no vv., is free from v., has one v.; (now rare) morbid state of physical system, as inherited vv. of constitution. (V-) buffoon in a MORALITY. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  37. Instrument with two jaws between which thing may be gripped usu. by operation of screw so as to leave the hands free for working upon it, as bench v. (attached to carpenter\'s or machinist\'s bench), instantaneous-grip v., grips like a v.; (vb) secure (material to be worked upon, or fig.) in v. [Middle English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  38. (colloq.). = VICE-PRESIDENT &c. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  39. In the place of, as gazetted as captain v. Captain Jones promoted. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  40. n. [Latin] A defect; a fault; a blemish ; an imperfection ;—a moral fault or failing; especially, immoral conduct or habit; unworthy or undesirable custom;—depravity or corruption of manners;—a bad trick in a horse;—a character in the old English moralities; iniquity ; wickedness. Cabinet Dictionary
  41. n. [French] A smith's instrument consisting of two jaws, closing by n screw, for holding work, as in filing;—a grasp; a gripe;— in architecture, a spiral or winding staircase. Cabinet Dictionary

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