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Definition of Vice

Vice

  1. A defect; a fault; an error; a blemish; an imperfection; as, the vices of a political constitution; the vices of a horse.
  2. A moral fault or failing; especially, immoral conduct or habit, as in the indulgence of degrading appetites; customary deviation in a single respect, or in general, from a right standard, implying a defect of natural character, or the result of training and habits; a harmful custom; immorality; depravity; wickedness; as, a life of vice; the vice of intemperance.
  3. The buffoon of the old English moralities, or moral dramas, having the name sometimes of one vice, sometimes of another, or of Vice itself; -- called also Iniquity.
  4. A kind of instrument for holding work, as in filing. Same as Vise.
  5. A tool for drawing lead into cames, or flat grooved rods, for casements.
  6. A gripe or grasp.
  7. To hold or squeeze with a vice, or as if with a vice.
  8. In the place of; in the stead; as, A. B. was appointed postmaster vice C. D. resigned.
  9. Denoting one who in certain cases may assume the office or duties of a superior; designating an officer or an office that is second in rank or authority; as, vice president; vice agent; vice consul, etc.

Vice Quotations

The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; the inherent virtue of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries.
Winston Churchill

It's obviously a lot harder to try and be a good guy than it is to be a bad guy. The world is a fundamentally evil place, it seems like. So in order to be a good person, you have to fight temptation and vice.
Michael Shannon

As his vice president for eight years, I learned more from Ronald Reagan than from anyone I encountered in all my years of public life.
George H. W. Bush

Cruelty, like every other vice, requires no motive outside of itself; it only requires opportunity.
George Eliot

In order to know virtue, we must first acquaint ourselves with vice.
Marquis de Sade
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Vice Translations

vice in Dutch is ondeugd, gebrek
vice in French is vice, vertu
vice in German is Schraubstock, entgegen, Laster, Schraubstock
vice in Italian is vizio
vice in Latin is vitium
vice in Portuguese is virtude
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