1 experienced at secondhand; "read about mountain climbing and felt vicarious excitement"
2 occurring in an abnormal part of the body instead of the usual site involved in that function; "vicarious menstruation"
3 suffered or done by one person as a substitute for another; "vicarious atonement"
EtymologyFrom vicārius "vicarious, substituted"
- Experienced or
gained by the loss or to
the consequence of another, such as through watching or reading.
- People experience vicarious pleasures through watching the news.
- Done on behalf of
- The concept of vicarious atonement, that one person can atone for the sins of another, is found in many religions.
- 1886 — Robert
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde ch 10
- The pleasures which I made haste to seek in my disguise were, as I have said, undignified; I would scarce use a harder term. But in the hands of Edward Hyde, they soon began to turn toward the monstrous. When I would come back from these excursions, I was often plunged into a kind of wonder at my vicarious depravity.
- 1900 — James
Golden Bough ch 26
- As time went on, the cruel custom was so far mitigated that a ram was accepted as a vicarious sacrifice in room of the royal victim
- 1920 — H. Rider
Blue Curtains ch III
- In these, however, he had not much time to indulge, for a footman, still decked in the trappings of vicarious grief, opened the door with the most startling promptitude, and he was ushered upstairs into a small but richly furnished room.
Experienced or gained by the loss or to the consequence of another
Vicarious may refer to: