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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

Virtue has a veil, vice a mask. - Victor Hugo
Virtue has a veil, vice a mask.
Victor Hugo

No society has been able to abolish human sadness, no political system can deliver us from the pain of living, from our fear of death, our thirst for the absolute. It is the human condition that directs the social condition, not vice versa.
Eugene Ionesco

The superior power of population cannot be checked without producing misery or vice.
Thomas Malthus

Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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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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