vi|car´i|ous|ly

vi|car´i|ous|ly
vi|car|i|ous «vy KAIR ee uhs, vih-», adjective.
1. done or suffered for others: »

vicarious work, vicarious punishment.

2. felt by sharing in the experience of another: »

The invalid received vicarious pleasure from reading travel stories.

3. taking the place of another; doing the work of another: »

a vicarious agent.

4. delegated: »

vicarious authority.

5. based upon the substitution of one person for another: »

this vicarious structure of society, based upon what others do for us.

6. Physiology. denoting the performance by or through one organ of functions normally discharged by another, as for example in vicarious menstruation.
[< Latin vicārius (with English -ous) substituted < vicis a turn, change, substitution. See etym. of doublet vicar. (Cf.vicar)]
vi|car´i|ous|ly, adverb.
vi|car´i|ous|ness, noun.

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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