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 (vī-kâr′ē-əs, vĭ-)
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.]

vi·car′i·ous·ly adv.
vi·car′i·ous·ness n.
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nIndirektheit f, → Mittelbarkeit f; the appreciation of art always involves a degree of vicariousnessKunstgenuss setzt immer eine bestimmte Fähigkeit des Nachempfindens voraus
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That she conceives of it as ecology, however, is demonstrated by her terminology, which speaks of "complexes of feelings" and the rich intertwining "fabric of our subjective existence." As Langer suggests, in this domain of experience that tends toward ineffability we make discoveries in the same way that we make them in the outer world--that is, "by the agency of adequate symbols." We learn the character and range of subjective experience through art, and the artistic "projection" of vicariousness is an example of what she calls the "symbolic transformation of experiences," that basic process in the human brain of which speech for most people is the readiest active termination (Langer, 1953, p.
And there is a fatal necessity, inscribed in the very functioning of the sign, that the substitute makes one forget the vicariousness of its own function and makes itself pass for the plenitude of a speech whose deficiency and infirmity it nevertheless only supplements.