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.
I do confess the vices of my blood.Shak.
Ungoverned appetite . . . a brutish vice.Milton.
When vice prevails, and impious men bear sway,Addison.
The post of honor is a private station.
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.
This character was grotesquely dressed in a cap with ass's ears, and was armed with a dagger of lath: one
of his chief employments was to make sport with the Devil, leaping on his back, and belaboring him with
the dagger of lath till he made him roar. The Devil, however, always carried him off in the end. Nares.
How like you the Vice in the play?B. Jonson.
. . . I would not give a rush for a Vice that has not a wooden dagger
to snap at everybody.
Syn. Crime; sin; iniquity; fault. See Crime.
(Vice), n. [See Vise.]
1. (Mech.) A kind of instrument for holding work, as in filing. Same as Vise.
2. A tool for drawing lead into cames, or flat grooved rods, for casements. [Written also vise.]
3. A gripe or grasp. [Obs.] Shak.
(Vice), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Viced ; p. pr. & vb. n. Vicing ] To hold or squeeze with a vice, or as
if with a vice. Shak.
The coachman's hand was viced between his upper and lower thigh.De Quincey.
(||Vi"ce) prep. [L., abl. of vicis change, turn. See Vicarious.] In the place of; in the stead; as, A.
B. was appointed postmaster vice C. D. resigned.
Vice admiral. [Cf. F. vice-amiral.] (a) An officer holding rank next below an admiral. By the existing
laws, the rank of admiral and vice admiral in the United States Navy will cease at the death of the present
incumbents. (b) A civil officer, in Great Britain, appointed by the lords commissioners of the admiralty
for exercising admiralty jurisdiction within their respective districts. Vice admiralty, the office of a
vice admiral. Vice-admiralty court, a court with admiralty jurisdiction, established by authority of
Parliament in British possessions beyond the seas. Abbott. Vice chamberlain, an officer in court
next in rank to the lord chamberlain. [Eng.] - - Vice chancellor. (a) (Law) An officer next in rank to a
chancellor. (b) An officer in a university, chosen to perform certain duties, as the conferring of degrees,
in the absence of the chancellor. (c) (R. C. Ch.) The cardinal at the head of the Roman Chancery.
Vice consul [cf. F. vice- consul], a subordinate officer, authorized to exercise consular functions
in some particular part of a district controlled by a consul. Vice king, one who acts in the place
of a king; a viceroy. Vice legate [cf. F. vice-légat], a legate second in rank to, or acting in place
(Vice) a. [Cf. F. vice-. See Vice, prep.] 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.