- performed, exercised, received, or suffered in place of another: vicarious punishment.
- taking the place of another person or thing; acting or serving as a substitute.
- felt or enjoyed through imagined participation in the experience of others: a vicarious thrill.
- Physiology. noting or pertaining to a situation in which one organ performs part of the functions normally performed by another.
Origin of vicarious
Examples from the Web for vicariously
Thus, vicariously, was Ericus Dale recognized as a great man.A Virginia Scout
The birds warn the rhinoceros of danger, and he, vicariously, feeds the birds.The Pools of Silence
H. de Vere Stacpoole
If the Church wants to take my hell (vicariously) it is welcome to it.Men, Women, and Gods
Helen H. Gardener
Wasn't it enough for me to pay, vicariously, the tax on being absurd?The Sacred Fount
They bring me their troubles and their joys, and I suffer and am glad with them, vicariously.Mavis of Green Hill
- obtained or undergone at second hand through sympathetic participation in another's experiences
- suffered, undergone, or done as the substitute for anothervicarious punishment
- delegatedvicarious authority
- taking the place of another
- pathol (of menstrual bleeding) occurring at an abnormal siteSee endometriosis
Word Origin and History for vicariously
1630s, from Latin vicarius "substitute, deputy" (adj. and n.), from vicis "turn, change, exchange, substitution," from PIE root *weik-, *weig- "to bend, wind" (cf. Sanskrit visti "changing, changeable;" Old English wician "to give way, yield," wice "wych elm;" Old Norse vikja "to bend, turn;" Swedish viker "willow twig, wand;" German wechsel "change"). Related: Vicariously.
- Felt or undergone as if one were taking part in the experience or feelings of another.
- Occurring in or performed by a part of the body not normally associated with a certain function.