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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

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

The only vice that cannot be forgiven is hypocrisy. The repentance of a hypocrite is itself hypocrisy.
William Hazlitt

Discipline is wisdom and vice versa.
M. Scott Peck

Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.
Barry Goldwater

Moderation in temper is always a virtue; but moderation in principle is always a vice.
Thomas Paine
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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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