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vice1 / vīs/ • n. immoral or wicked behavior. ∎  criminal activities involving prostitution, pornography, or drugs. ∎  an immoral or wicked personal characteristic. ∎  a weakness of character or behavior; a bad habit: cigars happen to be my father's vice. DERIVATIVES: vice·less adj.vice2 • n. British spelling of vise. vice3 / vīs; ˈvīsē; ˈvīsə/ • prep. as a substitute for: the letter was drafted by David Hunt, vice Bevin who was ill. vice4 (also vice-) • comb. form acting as deputy or substitute for; next in rank: vice regent vice-consul.

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VICE

A fault, flaw, defect, or imperfection. Immoral conduct, practice, or habit.

In civil law, redhibitory vices are defects or flaws in the subject matter of a sale that entitle the buyer to return the item and recover the purchase price.

A vice crime is any type of immoral and illegal activity, such as prostitution, the sale of drugs and narcotics, and gambling.

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vice2 †winding staircase XIV; †screw XV; tool with two jaws opening and closing by means of a screw XVI. — (O)F. vis :- L. vītis vine, vine stem, prop. tendril, plant with tendrils, rel. to viēre twine.

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vice3 orig. sb. use of the prefix VICE- in the sense ‘deputy’; in more recent use, the second el. is usu. implied or expressed in the context.

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vice1 corruption of morals, wicked practice XIII; fault, defect XIV. — (O)F. — L. vitium physical or other defect, fault, vice.

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vice4 in place OF. XVIII. — L., abl. of *vix, extant only in obl. forms vicis, vicem, vice, vicēs, vicibus.

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vice immoral or wicked behaviour; often personified, especially as a character in a morality play.

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vice, vis, vyse. Spiral stair constructed round a central newel or pier.

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viceChrissie, Cissy, kissy, missy, prissy, sissy •dixie, pixie, tricksy, Trixie •chintzy, De Quincey, wincey •efficiency, proficiency, sufficiency •Gypsy, tipsy •ditzy, glitzy, itsy-bitsy, Mitzi, ritzy, Uffizi •Eurydice •odyssey, theodicy •sub judice • prophecy • anglice •chaplaincy • policy • baronetcy •governessy • Pharisee • actressy •clerisy, heresy •secrecy • statice • captaincy •courtesy •dicey, icy, pricey, spicy, vice •stridency • sightsee •bossy, Flossie, flossy, glossy, mossy, posse •boxy, doxy, epoxy, foxy, moxie, poxy, proxy •bonxie •poncey, sonsy •dropsy, popsy •biopsy • heterodoxy • orthodoxy •autopsy •advice, bice, Brice, choc ice, concise, dice, entice, gneiss, ice, imprecise, lice, mice, nice, precise, price, rice, sice, slice, speiss, spice, splice, suffice, syce, thrice, trice, twice, underprice, vice, Zeiss •merchandise • paradise • sacrifice •packice • woodlice • fieldmice •titmice • dormice • allspice •cockatrice • edelweiss

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