• WordNet 3.6
    • n vice a specific form of evildoing "vice offends the moral standards of the community"
    • n vice moral weakness
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Felix Faure (French President; 1841-1899), Pope Leo VII (936-939), Pope John VII (955-964), Pope Leo VIII (963-965), Pope John XIII (965-72), Pope Paul II (1467-1471), Lord Palmerston (British Prime Minister, 1784-1865), Nelson Rockefeller (US Vice President, 1908-1979), and John Entwistle (The Who's bassist, 1944-2002) all died while having sex.
    • Vice A defect; a fault; an error; a blemish; an imperfection; as, the vices of a political constitution; the vices of a horse. "Withouten vice of syllable or letter.""Mark the vice of the procedure."
    • Vice A gripe or grasp.
    • Vice (Mech) A kind of instrument for holding work, as in filing. Same as Vise.
    • Vice 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. "I do confess the vices of my blood.""Ungoverned appetite . . . a brutish vice .""When vice prevails, and impious men bear sway,
      The post of honor is a private station."
    • Vice A tool for drawing lead into cames, or flat grooved rods, for casements.
    • a Vice 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.
    • prep Vice In the place of; in the stead; as, A. B. was appointed postmaster vice C. D. resigned.
    • Vice 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. "How like you the Vice in the play? . . . I would not give a rush for a Vice that has not a wooden dagger to snap at everybody."
    • v. t Vice To hold or squeeze with a vice, or as if with a vice. "The coachman's hand was viced between his upper and lower thigh."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The English Romantic poet Lord Byron was so devastated upon the death of his beloved Newfoundland, whose name was Boatswain, that he had inscribed upon the dog's gravestone the following: "Beauty without vanity, strength without insolence, courage without ferocity, and all the virtues of man without his vices."
    • n vice Fault; mistake; error: as, a vice of method.
    • n vice An imperfection; a defect; a blemish: as, a vice of conformation; a vice of literary style.
    • n vice Any immoral or evil habit or practice; evil conduct in which a person indulges; a particular form of wickedness or depravity; immorality; specifically, the indulgence of impure or degrading appetites or passions: as, the vice of drunkenness; hence, also, a fault or bad trick in a lower animal, as a horse.
    • n vice Depravity; corruption of morals or manners: in a collective sense and without a plural: as, an age of vice.
    • n vice Depravity or corruption of the physical organization; some morbid strife of the system: as, he inherited a constitutional vice which resulted in consumption.
    • n vice Viciousness; ugliness; mischievousness.
    • n vice [capitalized] The stock buffoon in the old English moralities, or moral plays, sometimes having the name of one specific vice, as Fraud, Envy, Covetousness, sometimes of Vice in general. See Iniquity, 4.
    • n vice Synonyms and Iniquity, etc. See crime.
    • vice See vise.
    • n vice A vice-chairman, vice-president, or other substitute or deputy, the principal or primary officer being indicated by the context.
    • vice In the place of; instead of: a Latin noun used in a position which gives it, as transferred to English, the effect of a preposition governing the following noun: as, Lieutenant A is gazetted as captain, vice Captain B promoted.
    • vice A prefix denoting, in the word compounded with it, one who acts in place of another, or one who is second in rank: as, vice-president, vice-chancellor. It is sometimes used alone as a noun, the word for which it stands being indicated by the context. Vice–in some cases indicates a deputy appointed by the principal officer or authority, and receiving his power by delegation, as in the case of a viceroy or vicegerent; and in other cases it indicates an alternative officer, alternate, or substitute appointed or elected by the same power as the primary officer, and receiving his power not by delegation, but directly in the same manner as the primary officer, and having no power to act in place of the primary officer except in case of a vacancy or, it may be, absence or disability, in which case he acts not under the direction of the primary officer, but independently as a substitute. This is the nature of the office of vice-president or vice-chairman.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The gender of Reptiles are determined not by the sex genes, but by the temperature in which the egg is incubated. A certain temperature will produce a male and vice versa for a female.
    • n Vice vīs an iron or wooden screw-press, fixed to the edge of a workboard, for holding anything tightly while being filed, &c.:
    • v.t Vice to screw
    • n Vice vīs 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
    • prep Vice vīs 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 Vice a vice-chairman, &c.: one who acts in place of a superior
    • n Vice one acting in place of a superior
    • n Vice vīs (Shak.) a grip, grasp
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  • Michel Eyquem De Montaigne
    “Ambition is not a vice of little people.”
  • C. J. Weber
    C. J. Weber
    “Vigilance is the virtue of vice.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Passions are vices or virtues to their highest powers.”
  • Thomas Edward Brown
    Thomas Edward Brown
    “The vices we scoff at in others, laugh at us within ourselves.”
  • Charles Dickens
    “Vices are sometimes only virtues carried to excess!”
  • Henry Fielding
    “What's vice today may be virtue, tomorrow.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., abl. of vicis, change, turn. See Vicarious
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. vis (It. vite, screw)—L. vitis, tendril of a vine, anything spiral.


In literature:

Intemperance and prostitution go together, and places where they can be enjoyed are factories of vice and crime.
"Society" by Henry Kalloch Rowe
The folly of the child becomes the vice of the youth, and then the crime of the man.
"Architects of Fate" by Orison Swett Marden
Suppose it polluted by vice can it easily enter there?
"Aurelian" by William Ware
Mrs. J. S. Lovell, Fifth Vice President; 3.
"Sparkling Gems of Race Knowledge Worth Reading" by Various
It is precisely the same with habits of vice.
"The Philosophy of the Moral Feelings" by John Abercrombie
But the Vice Consul, by his negligence, prolonged our misfortunes.
"Perils and Captivity" by Charlotte-Adélaïde [née Picard] Dard
What is vice for the latter is for them virtue.
"Mary Wollstonecraft" by Elizabeth Robins Pennell
Defamation exists all over the world, but it is incredible to what an extent this vice is carried in America.
"Diary in America, Series Two" by Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
Inspired by the genius of vice, he divined and encouraged the vices of others, and above all of his master.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 379, May, 1847" by Various
Vice stalks in the streets unabashed, and children copy it.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis

In poetry:

To save from ignorance and vice
The poorest, humblest child;
To make our age the fairest one
On which the sun has smiled;
"The Present Age" by Frances Ellen Watkins
Is it nature, vice, or folly,
Or ambition's feverish brain,
That sae aft wi' melancholy
Turns, sweet Peace! thy joys to pain?
"The Waes O' War : Or The Upshot Of The History O' Will And Jean. In Four Parts" by Hector MacNeill
Mortals! form'd of grosser clay,
From our haunts keep far away;
Or, if you should dare appear,
See that you from vice are clear.
"Inscription In A Beautiful Retreat Called Fairy Bower" by Hannah More
Base want, and vice, a foe to all!
Round us their snares had thrown.
Had not thy arm, at pity's call,
Embrac'd us for thine own.
"Two Hymns" by William Hayley
His brother is a lazy lout,--
His sister's nooan too gooid,--
Ther's net a daycent 'en ith' bunch,--
Vice seems to run ith' blooid.
"Latter Wit" by John Hartley
O light-rollèn wind blow me hither,
The väice ov her talkèn,
Or bring vrom her veet the light doust,
She do tread in the Spring.
"In The Spring" by William Barnes

In news:

Three days after Vice Mayor Phil Bonus was stripped of his vice mayor status, he has officially resigned his position with the Maitland City Council.
Vice President Joe Biden speaks in Asheville, N.C. Biden will debate Republican vice presidential nominee Paul D Ryan on Thursday.
Among the chatter heading into tomorrow night's vice presidential debate between Paul Ryan and current Vice President Joe Biden, it's easy to pick up on the confidence conservatives have in Ryan and their dismissive attitude toward Biden.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Medicare is likely to take center stage at Thursday's vice presidential debate as Vice President Joe Biden and opponent Paul Ryan battle over cutting costs while protecting seniors.
Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice presidential nominee Rep Paul Ryan of Wisconsin participate in the vice presidential debate at Centre College.
Vice President Joe Biden, left, and Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, of Wisconsin, speak during the vice presidential debate.
I was viewing how Vice President Joe Biden reacted to the comments that were being made by Congressman Paul Ryan at the vice presidential debate on TV.
Don Faught, 2011 Treasurer, SPF Chair John Pinto, Vice Chair Tracey Saizan, Vice Chair David Barca, Committee Liaison.
Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan tried to showcase his foreign policy knowledge as Vice President Joe Biden challenged him in Thursday night's debate.
Vice President Joe Biden and Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan of Wisconsin shake hands before the vice presidential debate at Centre College, Thursday, Oct 11, 2012, in Danville, Ky.
Vice President Joe Biden, left, and US Rep Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the Republican vice-presidential nominee, spar during their debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky. On Thursday night.
Fox 25's Political Analyst says both Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan held their own and it was too hard to call a clear winner in the only Vice Presidential Debate.
Vice President Joe Biden (L) and Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan discuss a point during the vice presidential debate in Danvi.
Vice President Joe Biden, right, with Janna Ryan, left, wife of Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep Paul Ryan, R-Wis.
This Oct 11, 2012 file photo shows Vice President Joe Biden, left, and Republican vice presidential nominee Rep Paul Ryan of Wisconsin participating in the vice presidential debate at Centre College in Danville, Ky.

In science:

So, we show that increasing m/p ratio means that mass loss process gets stronger than the fragmentation process and vice versa.
Formation of a New Class of Random Fractals in Fragmentation with Mass Loss
Thus for every vector ζ there is unique vector N and vice versa.
A note on topological brane theories
A filtration of the fiber functor F defines a decreasing filtration by closed normal subgroups of the Galois group G, and vice versa.
Ramification of local fields with imperfect residue fields
It is also worthwhile to point out that {µ, λi} are uniquely determined by {µ, µj } and vice versa.
A Simple Proof that Rational Curves on K3 are Nodal
Each such double coset defines an ordered pair of distinct irreducible hypersurfaces in XH with the same image in X and vice versa.
Compactifications defined by arrangements I: the ball quotient case