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Definition of Vicarious

Vicarious

  1. Of or pertaining to a vicar, substitute, or deputy; deputed; delegated; as, vicarious power or authority.
  2. Acting of suffering for another; as, a vicarious agent or officer.
  3. Performed of suffered in the place of another; substituted; as, a vicarious sacrifice; vicarious punishment.
  4. Acting as a substitute; -- said of abnormal action which replaces a suppressed normal function; as, vicarious hemorrhage replacing menstruation.

Vicarious Quotations

Parents lend children their experience and a vicarious memory; children endow their parents with a vicarious immortality.
George Santayana

I think life on Earth must be about more than just solving problems... It's got to be something inspiring, even if it is vicarious.
Elon Musk

Most of the images of reality on which we base our actions are really based on vicarious experience.
Albert Bandura

History offers us vicarious experience. It allows the youngest student to possess the ground equally with his elders; without a knowledge of history to give him a context for present events, he is at the mercy of every social misdiagnosis handed to him.
Hilary Mantel

As popular culture becomes more presentist, we move away from entertainment as the vicarious experience of a narrative - as watching someone else's story - and much more toward enacting one's own story. Moving away from myths and toward fantasy role-playing games, away from movies and toward videogames.
Douglas Rushkoff
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Vicarious Translations

vicarious in German is stellvertretend
vicarious in Spanish is delegado

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