- performed, exercised, received, or suffered in place of another: vicarious punishment.
- taking the place of another person or thing; acting or serving as a substitute.
- felt or enjoyed through imagined participation in the experience of others: a vicarious thrill.
- Physiology. noting or pertaining to a situation in which one organ performs part of the functions normally performed by another.
- obtained or undergone at second hand through sympathetic participation in another’s experiences
- suffered, undergone, or done as the substitute for anothervicarious punishment
- delegatedvicarious authority
- taking the place of another
- pathol (of menstrual bleeding) occurring at an abnormal siteSee endometriosis
1630s, from Latin vicarius “substitute, deputy” (adj. and n.), from vicis “turn, change, exchange, substitution,” from PIE root *weik-, *weig- “to bend, wind” (cf. Sanskrit visti “changing, changeable;” Old English wician “to give way, yield,” wice “wych elm;” Old Norse vikja “to bend, turn;” Swedish viker “willow twig, wand;” German wechsel “change”). Related: Vicariously.
- Felt or undergone as if one were taking part in the experience or feelings of another.
- Occurring in or performed by a part of the body not normally associated with a certain function.