Definitions for vicariousvaɪˈkɛər i əs, vɪ-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

vi•car•i•ousvaɪˈkɛər i əs, vɪ-(adj.)

  1. performed, received, or suffered in place of another.

  2. taking the place of another person or thing.

  3. felt or enjoyed through imagined participation in the experience of others:

    a vicarious thrill.

  4. Physiol. noting or pertaining to a situation in which one organ performs part of the functions normally performed by another.

    Category: Physiology

Origin of vicarious:

1630–40; < L vicārius der. of vic(is) alternation (see vice3)

vi•car′i•ous•ness(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. vicarious(adj)

    experienced at secondhand

    "read about mountain climbing and felt vicarious excitement"

  2. vicarious(adj)

    occurring in an abnormal part of the body instead of the usual site involved in that function

    "vicarious menstruation"

  3. vicarious(adj)

    suffered or done by one person as a substitute for another

    "vicarious atonement"

Wiktionary

  1. vicarious(Adjective)

    Experienced or gained by the loss or to the consequence of another, such as through watching or reading.

    People experience vicarious pleasures through watching television.

  2. vicarious(Adjective)

    Done on behalf of others

    The concept of vicarious atonement, that one person can atone for the sins of another, is found in many religions.

  3. Origin: From vicārius "vicarious, substituted"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Vicarious

    of or pertaining to a vicar, substitute, or deputy; deputed; delegated; as, vicarious power or authority

  2. Vicarious

    acting of suffering for another; as, a vicarious agent or officer

  3. Vicarious

    performed of suffered in the place of another; substituted; as, a vicarious sacrifice; vicarious punishment

  4. Vicarious

    acting as a substitute; -- said of abnormal action which replaces a suppressed normal function; as, vicarious hemorrhage replacing menstruation

Freebase

  1. Vicarious

    "Vicarious" is a song by American rock band Tool. The song is the first single released from their fourth full-length studio album 10,000 Days. Debuting on April 17, 2006 on commercial radio, the seven-minute song entered the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart at #2. It received a nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards.

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