vice

vice
1.
n.
1 a evil or grossly immoral conduct. b a particular form of this, esp. involving prostitution, drugs, etc.
2 a depravity, evil. b an evil habit; a particular form of depravity (has the vice of gluttony).
3 a defect of character or behaviour (drunkenness was not among his vices).
4 a fault or bad habit in a horse etc.
Phrases and idioms:
vice ring a group of criminals involved in organizing illegal prostitution. vice squad a police department enforcing laws against prostitution, drug abuse, etc.
Derivatives:
viceless adj.
Etymology: ME f. OF f. L vitium
2.
n. & v.
—n. (US vise) an instrument, esp. attached to a workbench, with two movable jaws between which an object may be clamped so as to leave the hands free to work on it.
—v.tr. secure in a vice.
Derivatives:
vicelike adj.
Etymology: ME, = winding stair, screw, f. OF vis f. L vitis vine
3.
prep. in the place of; in succession to.
Etymology: L, ablat. of vix (recorded in oblique forms in vic-) change
4.
n. colloq. = VICE-PRESIDENT, VICE ADMIRAL , etc.
Etymology: abbr.

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  • Vice — Vice, n. [F., from L. vitium.] 1. A defect; a fault; an error; a blemish; an imperfection; as, the vices of a political constitution; the vices of a horse. [1913 Webster] Withouten vice of syllable or letter. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Mark the vice …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • vice — S3 [vaıs] n [Sense: 1 3; Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: Latin vitium fault, vice ] 1.) [U] criminal activities that involve sex or drugs ▪ the fight against vice on the streets ▪ The police have smashed a vice ring (=a group of criminals… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • vice — S3 [vaıs] n [Sense: 1 3; Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: Latin vitium fault, vice ] 1.) [U] criminal activities that involve sex or drugs ▪ the fight against vice on the streets ▪ The police have smashed a vice ring (=a group of criminals… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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