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What does "Vicarious" mean?

Definition

(prep.) Acting as a substitute; -- said of abnormal action which replaces a suppressed normal function; as, vicarious hemorrhage replacing menstruation (prep.) Acting of suffering for another; as, a vicarious agent or officer (prep.) Of or pertaining to a vicar, substitute, or deputy; deputed; delegated; as, vicarious power or authority (prep.) Performed of suffered in the place of another; substituted; as, a vicarious sacrifice; vicarious punishment


Synonyms secondary


Example: "Vicarious menstruation" Example: "Read about mountain climbing and felt vicarious excitement" Example: "Vicarious atonement"


Word Family vicariously, vicariousness