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1. Experienced or felt by empathy with or imaginary participation in the life of another person: read about mountain climbing and experienced vicarious thrills.
2. Endured or done by one person substituting for another: vicarious punishment.
3. Committed or entrusted to another, as powers or authority; delegated.
4. Physiology Occurring in or performed by a part of the body not normally associated with a certain function.
[From Latin vicārius; see vicar.]
1. obtained or undergone at second hand through sympathetic participation in another's experiences
2. suffered, undergone, or done as the substitute for another: vicarious punishment.
3. delegated: vicarious authority.
4. taking the place of another
5. (Pathology) pathol (of menstrual bleeding) occurring at an abnormal site. See endometriosis
[C17: from Latin vicārius substituted, from vicis interchange; see vice3, vicissitude]
vi•car•i•ous(vaɪˈkɛər i əs, vɪ-)
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.
[1630–40; < Latin vicārius derivative of vic(is) alternation (see vice3)]
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|Adj.||1.||vicarious - experienced at secondhand; "read about mountain climbing and felt vicarious excitement"|
secondary - being of second rank or importance or value; not direct or immediate; "the stone will be hauled to a secondary crusher"; "a secondary source"; "a secondary issue"; "secondary streams"
|2.||vicarious - occurring in an abnormal part of the body instead of the usual site involved in that function; "vicarious menstruation"|
|3.||vicarious - suffered or done by one person as a substitute for another; "vicarious atonement"|
exchangeable - suitable to be exchanged
vicarious[vɪˈkɛəriəs vaɪˈkɛəriəs] adj [pleasure, experience] → par procuration
pleasure, enjoyment → indirekt, mittelbar, nachempfunden; experience → ersatzweise; vicarious sexual thrill → Ersatzbefriedigung f; he can’t walk himself but he gets enormous vicarious pleasure from watching athletics → er kann nicht gehen, aber das Zuschauen bei sportlichen Wettkämpfen vermittelt ihm einen großen Genuss; to get a vicarious thrill from or out of something → sich an etw (dat) → aufgeilen (sl); to get vicarious satisfaction (from something) → (bei etw) eine Ersatzbefriedigung empfinden
authority, suffering → stellvertretend
a. vicario-a, que asume el lugar de otro.