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Definition of vice noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] criminal activities that involve sex or drugs plain-clothes detectives from the vice squad
  2. 2[uncountable, countable] evil or immoral behavior; an evil or immoral quality in someone's character The film ended most satisfactorily: vice punished and virtue rewarded. Greed is a terrible vice. (humorous) Cigarettes are my only vice.
  3. 3= vise
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: vice