Origin of vicarious
Examples from the Web for vicarious
But the old city, site of the bull run, has the inevitable trappings of a theme park for aficionados of the vicarious kind.
David, I want to shake you and say, do not use our lives as vicarious proof for your consumer conservatism.
He reads biographies, he dreams of great men—a vicarious pleasure, presumably.
But the appeal of Harlequins is more than just vicarious sex.How ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Is Shaking Up the Business of the Romance Genre|Chris Berube|June 6, 2012|DAILY BEAST
You may feel dizzy from all the vicarious Scotch-drinking, too; the series is that visceral.
Of these, however, the first with whom I became intimate was one whose literary connections were vicarious rather than personal.Memoirs of Life and Literature|W. H. Mallock
The scandalmonger, inhibited from doing the forbidden thing, enjoys himself by a vicarious indulgence in rottenness.The Behavior of Crowds|Everett Dean Martin
It was a murmured compunction, a vicarious acknowledgment of sin.Madonna Mary|Mrs. Oliphant
This consumption may be, and in fact very largely is, vicarious.The Transformation of Early Christianity from an Eschatological to a Socialized Movement|Lyford Paterson Edwards
Even the remoter, lay dependents should render a vicarious leisure to the extent of one day in seven.The Theory of the Leisure Class|Thorstein Veblen
British Dictionary definitions for vicarious
Word Origin for vicarious
Word Origin and History for vicarious
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.