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vice

a bad habit; serious moral failing: Drinking too much is a vice.
Not to be confused with:
vise – a clamp for holding metal or wood in place: I used a vise to hold the wood as I sawed it in half.
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vice 1

 (vīs)
n.
1.
a. A practice or habit considered to be evil, degrading, or immoral: the vices of smoking and drinking.
b. Wicked or depraved conduct or habits; corruption: "sharpers, desperadoes, pirates, and criminals steeped in vice" (Carl Holliday).
2. Prostitution, the sale of illegal drugs, and certain other forms of usually nonviolent criminal behavior.
3.
a. A slight personal failing; a foible: the vice of untidiness.
b. A flaw or imperfection; a defect: "Lady Hester remarked on the vice in his looks" (Edna O'Brien).
4.
a. Vice A character representing generalized or particular vice in English morality plays.
b. A jester or buffoon.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin vitium.]

vice 2

 (vīs)
n. & v.
Variant of vise.

vi·ce 3

 (vī′sē, -sə)
prep.
In place of; replacing: Ms. Fine acted as treasurer, vice Mr. Smith.

[Latin ablative of *vix, change; see vice-.]
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vice

(vaɪs)
n
1. an immoral, wicked, or evil habit, action, or trait
2. habitual or frequent indulgence in pernicious, immoral, or degrading practices
3. a specific form of pernicious conduct, esp prostitution or sexual perversion
4. a failing or imperfection in character, conduct, etc: smoking is his only vice.
5. (Pathology) pathol obsolete any physical defect or imperfection
6. a bad trick or disposition, as of horses, dogs, etc
[C13: via Old French from Latin vitium a defect]
ˈviceless adj

vice

(vaɪs) or

vise

n
(Tools) an appliance for holding an object while work is done upon it, usually having a pair of jaws
vb
(Mechanical Engineering) (tr) to grip (something) with or as if with a vice
[C15: from Old French vis a screw, from Latin vītis vine, plant with spiralling tendrils (hence the later meaning)]
ˈviceˌlike, ˈviseˌlike adj

vice

(vaɪs)
adj
a. (prenominal) serving in the place of or as a deputy for
b. (in combination): viceroy.
n
informal a person who serves as a deputy to another
[C18: from Latin vice, from vicis interchange]

vice

(ˈvaɪsɪ)
prep
instead of; as a substitute for
[C16: from Latin, ablative of vicis change]

Vice

(vaɪs)
n
(European Myth & Legend) (in English morality plays) a character personifying a particular vice or vice in general
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vice1

(vaɪs)

n.
1. an immoral or evil habit or practice.
2. immoral conduct; depraved behavior.
3. sexual immorality, esp. prostitution.
4. a personal shortcoming; foible.
5. a fault, defect, or flaw.
6. a physical defect or infirmity.
7. a bad habit, as in a horse.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French < Latin vitium a fault, defect, vice]
syn: See fault.

vice2

(vaɪs)

n., v.t. viced, vic•ing.

vi•ce3

(ˈvaɪ si, -sə, vaɪs)

prep.
instead of; in the place of.
[1760–70; < Latin: abl. of vicis (genitive; not attested in nominative) interchange, alternation]

vice-

a combining form meaning “deputy,” used esp. in the titles of officials who serve in the absence of the official denoted by the base word: viceroy; vice-chancellor; vice-chairman.
[Middle English « Latin vice vice3]
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vice


Past participle: viced
Gerund: vicing

Imperative
vice
vice
Present
I vice
you vice
he/she/it vices
we vice
you vice
they vice
Preterite
I viced
you viced
he/she/it viced
we viced
you viced
they viced
Present Continuous
I am vicing
you are vicing
he/she/it is vicing
we are vicing
you are vicing
they are vicing
Present Perfect
I have viced
you have viced
he/she/it has viced
we have viced
you have viced
they have viced
Past Continuous
I was vicing
you were vicing
he/she/it was vicing
we were vicing
you were vicing
they were vicing
Past Perfect
I had viced
you had viced
he/she/it had viced
we had viced
you had viced
they had viced
Future
I will vice
you will vice
he/she/it will vice
we will vice
you will vice
they will vice
Future Perfect
I will have viced
you will have viced
he/she/it will have viced
we will have viced
you will have viced
they will have viced
Future Continuous
I will be vicing
you will be vicing
he/she/it will be vicing
we will be vicing
you will be vicing
they will be vicing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been vicing
you have been vicing
he/she/it has been vicing
we have been vicing
you have been vicing
they have been vicing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been vicing
you will have been vicing
he/she/it will have been vicing
we will have been vicing
you will have been vicing
they will have been vicing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been vicing
you had been vicing
he/she/it had been vicing
we had been vicing
you had been vicing
they had been vicing
Conditional
I would vice
you would vice
he/she/it would vice
we would vice
you would vice
they would vice
Past Conditional
I would have viced
you would have viced
he/she/it would have viced
we would have viced
you would have viced
they would have viced
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vice - moral weaknessvice - moral weakness      
evilness, evil - the quality of being morally wrong in principle or practice; "attempts to explain the origin of evil in the world"
2.vice - a specific form of evildoingvice - a specific form of evildoing; "vice offends the moral standards of the community"
gambling, gaming, play - the act of playing for stakes in the hope of winning (including the payment of a price for a chance to win a prize); "his gambling cost him a fortune"; "there was heavy play at the blackjack table"
evildoing, transgression - the act of transgressing; the violation of a law or a duty or moral principle; "the boy was punished for the transgressions of his father"
intemperateness, intemperance - consumption of alcoholic drinks
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vice

noun
1. fault, failing, weakness, limitation, defect, deficiency, flaw, shortcoming, blemish, imperfection, frailty, foible, weak point, infirmity Having the odd flutter on the horses is his only vice.
fault good point, strong point, talent, gift
2. wickedness, evil, corruption, sin, depravity, immorality, iniquity, profligacy, degeneracy, venality, turpitude, evildoing offences connected with vice, gaming and drugs
wickedness virtue, morality, honour
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vice

noun
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Translations
رَذِيلَةرَذيلَهعادَة سيِّئَهمِلْزَمَه
neřestsvěrákzlozvyknecnost
lastskruestikuvane
paheseksikauppa
porok
lösturskrúfstykkislæmur ávani, löstur
悪徳
부도덕한 행위
netikumsskrūvspīlesslikts ieradums
neresťzverák
pregrehaprimež
mana
synd
ข้อบกพร่อง
kötü alışkanlıkmengeneahlaksızlıkciddî ahlâk bozukluğufuhuş
điểm xấu

vice

1 [vaɪs]
A. Nvicio m
a life of viceuna vida de vicio y desenfreno
smoking is his only viceel tabaco es su único vicio
B. CPD vice ring Nasociación f criminal
vice squad Nbrigada f antivicio

vice

2 vise (US) [vaɪs] N (esp Brit) (Mech) → torno m de banco, tornillo m de banco

vice

3 [ˈvaɪsɪ] PREPen lugar de, sustituyendo a
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vice

[ˈvaɪs] n
(= evil or immoral behaviour) → vice m
my only vice → mon seul vice
(prostitution, pornography)
... offences connected with vice → les délits de mœurs
(British) (TECHNICAL)étau m
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vice

1
nLaster nt; (of horse)Unart f, → Untugend f, → Mucken pl (inf); his main vice is lazinesssein größter Fehler ist die Faulheit; you don’t smoke or drink, don’t you have any vices? (hum)Sie rauchen nicht, Sie trinken nicht, haben Sie denn gar kein Laster? (hum); a life of viceein Lasterleben nt

vice

2, (US) vise
nSchraubstock m; to have/hold something in a vice-like gripetw fest umklammern; (between legs, under arm) → etw fest einklemmen
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vice

1 [vaɪs] nvizio

vice

2 [vaɪs] n (tool) → morsa
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vice1

(American usually) vise (vais) noun
a kind of strong tool for holding an object firmly, usually between two metal jaws. The carpenter held the piece of wood in a vice; He has a grip like a vice.

vice2

(vais) noun
1. a serious moral fault. Continual lying is a vice.
2. a bad habit. Smoking is not one of my vices.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.

vice

رَذِيلَة neřest last Laster βίτσιο vicio pahe vice porok vizio 悪徳 부도덕한 행위 gebrek last wada vício порок synd ข้อบกพร่อง kötü alışkanlık điểm xấu 恶习
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vice

n. vicio; falta, defecto.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
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"When my husband is Vice," she said, "it will be the same as if we had a hundred Vices!"
The one grand stage where he enacted all his various parts so manifold, was his vice-bench; a long rude ponderous table furnished with several vices, of different sizes, and both of iron and of wood.
And I know that every one will confess that it would be most praiseworthy in a prince to exhibit all the above qualities that are considered good; but because they can neither be entirely possessed nor observed, for human conditions do not permit it, it is necessary for him to be sufficiently prudent that he may know how to avoid the reproach of those vices which would lose him his state; and also to keep himself, if it be possible, from those which would not lose him it; but this not being possible, he may with less hesitation abandon himself to them.
There are men of low rank who strain themselves to bursting to pass for gentlemen, and high gentlemen who, one would fancy, were dying to pass for men of low rank; the former raise themselves by their ambition or by their virtues, the latter debase themselves by their lack of spirit or by their vices; and one has need of experience and discernment to distinguish these two kinds of gentlemen, so much alike in name and so different in conduct."
The young gentleman, moreover, soon perceived how extremely grateful all those panegyrics on his instructors were to Mr Allworthy himself, as they so loudly resounded the praise of that singular plan of education which he had laid down; for this worthy man having observed the imperfect institution of our public schools, and the many vices which boys were there liable to learn, had resolved to educate his nephew, as well as the other lad, whom he had in a manner adopted, in his own house; where he thought their morals would escape all that danger of being corrupted to which they would be unavoidably exposed in any public school or university.
In his account of the mission, where his veracity is most to be suspected, he neither exaggerates overmuch the merits of the Jesuits, if we consider the partial regard paid by the Portuguese to their countrymen, by the Jesuits to their society, and by the Papists to their church, nor aggravates the vices of the Abyssins; but if the reader will not be satisfied with a Popish account of a Popish mission, he may have recourse to the history of the church of Abyssinia, written by Dr.
I was surprised to find corruption grown so high and so quick in that empire, by the force of luxury so lately introduced; which made me less wonder at many parallel cases in other countries, where vices of all kinds have reigned so much longer, and where the whole praise, as well as pillage, has been engrossed by the chief commander, who perhaps had the least title to either.
It was long ago remarked by Grotius, that nothing but the hatred of his countrymen to the house of Austria kept them from being ruined by the vices of their constitution.
For the control of the hero the two definitely opposing groups of Virtues and Vices contend; the commonest type of Morality presents in brief glimpses the entire story of the hero's life, that is of the life of every man.
He shall hold his Office during the Term of four Years, and, together with the Vice President chosen for the same Term, be elected, as follows:
There remains, then, the character between these two extremes,- -that of a man who is not eminently good and just,-yet whose misfortune is brought about not by vice or depravity, but by some error or frailty.
The universal voice of mankind is always declaring that justice and virtue are honourable, but grievous and toilsome; and that the pleasures of vice and injustice are easy of attainment, and are only censured by law and opinion.