(Vic"ine) a. [L. vicinus: cf. F. voisin.] Near; neighboring; vicinal. [R.] Glanvill.
(Vic"ine) n. (Chem.) An alkaloid ex tracted from the seeds of the vetch (Vicia sativa) as a white
(Vi*cin"i*ty) n. [L. vicinitas, from vicinus neighboring, near, from vicus a row of houses, a
village; akin to Gr. o'i^kos a house, Skr. veça a house, viç to enter, Goth. weihs town: cf.
OF. vicinité. Cf. Diocese, Economy, Parish, Vicinage, Wick a village.]
1. The quality or state of being near, or not remote; nearness; propinquity; proximity; as, the value of the
estate was increased by the vicinity of two country seats.
A vicinity of disposition and relative tempers.Jer. Taylor.
2. That which is near, or not remote; that which is adjacent to anything; adjoining space or country; neighborhood.
"The vicinity of the sun." Bentley.
Syn. Neighborhood; vicinage. See Neighborhood.
(Vi`ci*os"i*ty) n. Vitiosity. [R.]
(Vi"cious) a. [OF. vicious, F. vicieux, fr. L. vitiosus, fr. vitium vice. See Vice a fault.]
1. Characterized by vice or defects; defective; faulty; imperfect.
Though I perchance am vicious in my guess.Shak.
The title of these lords was vicious in its origin.Burke.
A charge against Bentley of vicious reasoning.De Quincey.
2. Addicted to vice; corrupt in principles or conduct; depraved; wicked; as, vicious children; vicious examples;
Who . . . heard this heavy curse,Milton.
Servant of servants, on his vicious race.
3. Wanting purity; foul; bad; noxious; as, vicious air, water, etc. Dryden.
4. Not correct or pure; corrupt; as, vicious language; vicious idioms.
5. Not well tamed or broken; given to bad tricks; unruly; refractory; as, a vicious horse.
6. Bitter; spiteful; malignant. [Colloq.]
Syn. Corrupt; faulty; wicked; depraved.
Vi"cious*ly, adv. Vi"cious*ness, n.
(Vi*cis"si*tude) n. [L. vicissitudo, fr. vicis change, turn: cf. F. vicissitude. See Vicarious.]