Vice

Definition of Vice

Pronunciation: vīs
n.1.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.
- Chaucer.
Mark the vice of the procedure.
- Sir W. Hamilton.
2.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.
- Shak.
Ungoverned appetite . . . a brutish vice.
- Milton.
When vice prevails, and impious men bear sway,
The post of honor is a private station.
- Addison.
3.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.
- B. Jonson.
1.(Mech.) A kind of instrument for holding work, as in filing. Same as Vise.
2.A tool for drawing lead into cames, or flat grooved rods, for casements.
3.A gripe or grasp.
v. t.1.To hold or squeeze with a vice, or as if with a vice.
[imp. & p. p. Viced ; p. pr. & vb. n. Vicing .]
The coachman's hand was viced between his upper and lower thigh.
- De Quincey.
prep.1.In the place of; in the stead; as, A. B. was appointed postmaster vice C. D. resigned.
a.1.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.
Vice admiral
a - An officer holding rank next below an admiral. By the existing laws, the rank of admiral and vice admiral in the United States Navy will cease at the death of the present incumbents.
b - A civil officer, in Great Britain, appointed by the lords commissioners of the admiralty for exercising admiralty jurisdiction within their respective districts.
Vice admiralty
the office of a vice admiral.
Vice-admiralty court
a court with admiralty jurisdiction, established by authority of Parliament in British possessions beyond the seas.
Vice chamberlain
an officer in court next in rank to the lord chamberlain.
- Abbott.
Vice chancellor
a - (Law) An officer next in rank to a chancellor.
b - An officer in a university, chosen to perform certain duties, as the conferring of degrees, in the absence of the chancellor.
c - (R. C. Ch.) The cardinal at the head of the Roman Chancery.
Vice consul
a subordinate officer, authorized to exercise consular functions in some particular part of a district controlled by a consul.
Vice king
one who acts in the place of a king; a viceroy.
Vice legate
a legate second in rank to, or acting in place of, another legate.
Vice presidency
the office of vice president.
Vice president
an officer next in rank below a president.

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