- an immoral or evil habit or practice.
- immoral conduct; depraved or degrading behavior: a life of vice.
- sexual immorality, especially prostitution.
- a particular form of depravity.
- a fault, defect, or shortcoming: a minor vice in his literary style.
- a bad habit, as in a horse.
- (initial capital letter) a character in the English morality plays, a personification of general vice or of a particular vice, serving as the buffoon.
- Archaic. a physical defect, flaw, or infirmity: In most cases, attempts to relieve the symptoms will be of little avail without at the same time relieving or removing the constitutional vice which has induced this condition.
Origin of vice1
- any of various devices, usually having two jaws that may be brought together or separated by means of a screw, lever, or the like, used to hold an object firmly while work is being done on it.
- to hold, press, or squeeze with or as with a vise.
Origin of vise
Examples from the Web for vices
At once uproarious, raw, and painfully honest, “Discord” unveils the many virtues and vices of these towering icons.The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson (And Tolstoy and Dickens)
October 26, 2014
Prince Andrew, whatever his other vices may be, does not drink.The Perils of a Playboy Prince
August 29, 2014
Next, add the vices of a rentier state: laziness, irresponsibility, a sense of entitlement, and ignorance.It’s Not the USA that Made Libya the Disaster it is Today
August 3, 2014
He contrasted his vices with those of other congressmen who drank or “snort coke or chase women.”Tea Party Reindeer Farmer Faces Extinction
July 30, 2014
Whoever the cocaine was destined for, it is certainly not the first report of vices in Vatican City.Vatican Vice: Sex, Drugs and Downloads Taint the Image of the Holy See
Barbie Latza Nadeau
March 26, 2014
The pirates were bad enough, but they didn't have all the vices of the present day.
Garson, despite his two great virtues, had the vices of his class.Within the Law
The vices of the Christians of Palestine brought their punishment.Cameos from English History, from Rollo to Edward II
Charlotte Mary Yonge
There was certainly about this man a fatal charm which concealed his vices.Night and Morning, Complete
How many have been made great, as the word is, by their vices!Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
- (in English morality plays) a character personifying a particular vice or vice in general
- US a variant spelling of vice 2
- an immoral, wicked, or evil habit, action, or trait
- habitual or frequent indulgence in pernicious, immoral, or degrading practices
- a specific form of pernicious conduct, esp prostitution or sexual perversion
- a failing or imperfection in character, conduct, etcsmoking is his only vice
- pathol obsolete any physical defect or imperfection
- a bad trick or disposition, as of horses, dogs, etc
often US vise
- an appliance for holding an object while work is done upon it, usually having a pair of jaws
- (tr) to grip (something) with or as if with a vice
- (prenominal)serving in the place of or as a deputy for
- (in combination)viceroy
- informal a person who serves as a deputy to another
- instead of; as a substitute for
Word Origin and History for vices
"moral fault, wickedness," c.1300, from Old French vice, from Latin vitium "defect, offense, blemish, imperfection," in both physical and moral senses (cf. Italian vezzo "usage, entertainment").
Horace and Aristotle have already spoken to us about the virtues of their forefathers and the vices of their own times, and through the centuries, authors have talked the same way. If all this were true, we would be bears today. [Montesquieu]
Vice squad is attested from 1905. Vice anglais "corporal punishment," literally "the English vice," is attested from 1942, from French.
"tool for holding," see vise.
c.1300, "device like a screw or winch for bending a crossbow or catapult," from Old French vis, viz "screw," from Latin vitis "vine, tendril of a vine," literally "that which winds," from root of viere "to bind, twist" (see withy). The meaning "clamping tool with two jaws closed by a screw" is first recorded c.1500.