through the experience of another person: Adventure novels transport us to strange lands, fraught with perilous situations and terrifying monsters we can vicariously vanquish.
- non·vi·car·i·ous·ly, adverb
- un·vi·car·i·ous·ly, adverb
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How to use vicariously in a sentence
I want to do this really badly and I probably should be doing this, and taking this knowledge and experience and this passion and doing it vicariously through other people, through artists.
Watching Blomdahl’s videos allowed me to live vicariously through someone who had successfully found the joyful moments that I hoped to emulate in my own space.
Twitch may have started off as a platform for vicariously consumed spectacle—for watching other people shoot zombies or race cars as they played video games.In lockdown, people tuned in to Twitch just to watch other people talk | Samanth Subramanian | April 13, 2021 | Quartz
I experienced this vicariously in researching my own Sicilian American family, through interviews with elderly relatives.What My Mobster Grandfather Understood About American Capitalism | Russell Shorto | March 17, 2021 | Time
Last October, when a friend was in Belize, I lived vicariously through his trip by peeking at his eBird checklists each day, and they brightened my mood amid dropping fall temperatures in New Mexico.
But not even the threat of death can suppress the urge to live vicariously through Jack Dawson and James Bond.North Korea’s Secret Movie Bootleggers: How Western Films Make It Into the Hermit Kingdom | Lizzie Crocker | December 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
As far as Wurtzel is concerned, most millennials seem too removed from the day to day, too willing to live vicariously.Thank You, Elizabeth Wurtzel: ‘Prozac Nation’ Turns 20 | Nicolaus Mills | July 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Living vicariously through his teammates was better than being home, preoccupied each day with his eroding strength.The Stacks: The Day Lou Gehrig Delivered Baseball’s Gettysburg Address | Ray Robinson | July 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Charles Swan is all about a man living vicariously through his daydreams.Charlie Sheen On ‘Anger Management’, Lindsay Lohan, Partying & More | Marlow Stern | January 16, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Watching her on TV, people will have lived through her vicariously.
That kind of tripe was for the little Joe Dopes who got their thrills vicariously.
I think that at that moment I suffered vicariously in his scornful regard for all my countrymen.Unveiling a Parallel | Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Marchant
And it is certainly patent to the most out-and-out sceptic that I shall have to get all my Romance vicariously.Mavis of Green Hill | Faith Baldwin
If it be consistent with his nature to punish by substitution, what security is there that he will not reward vicariously?Studies of Christianity | James Martineau
There could be no surprises, no enigmatic delights, but vicariously he could be young again.The Californians | Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton