- 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 vicariousness
Of one part of His work, of the sacrifice which He offered for man's guilt, the essence was its vicariousness.Lux Mundi
- 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 vicariousness
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.