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Definition of vice:

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


infirmity, wrong, unrighteousness, misdeed, crime, valetudinarianism, transgression, iniquity, frailness, feebleness, flagitiousness, bestiality, viciousness, frailty, delinquency, guilt, offense, ill-doing, wrong-doing, villainy, clean, fault, debility, ungodliness.

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