Definition of vicarious adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//vɪˈkeəriəs//
; NAmE NAmE//vaɪˈkeriəs//
[only before noun]
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felt or experienced by watching or reading about somebody else doing something, rather than by doing it yourself He got a vicarious thrill out of watching his son score the winning goal. Word Origin mid 17th cent.: from Latin vicarius ‘substitute’ (from vic- ‘change, turn, place’) + -ous.
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