Definition of


  1. (noun, act) a specific form of evildoing
  2. (noun, attribute) moral weakness

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Synonyms of Vice


Alternate forms of Vice

Derivations: vicious

Hyponyms: gambling, gaming, intemperance, intemperateness, play

Hypernyms: evil, evildoing, evilness, transgression

Origin of the word Vice

  1. "moral fault, wickedness," c.1300, from O.Fr. vice, from L. vitium "defect, offense, blemish, imperfection," in both physical and moral senses (cf. It. vezzo "usage, entertainment").
    "Horace and Aristotle have already spoken to us about the virtues of their forefathers and the vices of their own times, and through the centuries, authors have tal… more
  2. "tool for holding," see vise. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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