vicarious [ vahy-kair-ee-uhs, vi- ]
1. performed, exercised, received, or suffered in place of another: vicarious punishment.
2. taking the place of another person or thing; acting or serving as a substitute.
3. felt or enjoyed through imagined participation in the experience of others: a vicarious thrill.
4. Physiology. noting or pertaining to a situation in which one organ performs part of the functions normally performed by another.
OTHER WORDS FROM VICARIOUS
vi·car·i·ous·ness, vi·car·i·ism, noun
WORDS RELATED TO VICARIOUS
eventual, imagined, indirect, pretended, secondary, surrogate, sympathetic, empathetic, commissioned, delegated, deputed, substituted, substitutional
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Origin: 1630–40; < Latin vicārius substituting, equivalent to vic(is) (genitive) interchange, alternation (see vice), + -ārius-ary; see -ous
EXAMPLE SENTENCES 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.
IS THIS HEMINGWAY’S PAMPLONA OR A LOT OF BULL?|CLIVE IRVING|JULY 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
David, I want to shake you and say, do not use our lives as vicarious proof for your consumer conservatism.
DAVID BROOKS IN THE SUPERMARKET AISLES OF JUDAISM|GERSHOM GORENBERG|MARCH 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He reads biographies, he dreams of great men—a vicarious pleasure, presumably.
BENNETT'S EMERGENCE—AND OBAMA'S?|BERNARD AVISHAI|JANUARY 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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
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