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vicariously (not comparable)
- In a vicarious manner.
- indirectly, as, by, or through a substitute
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- 1851 — Herman Melville, Moby Dick ch 28
- The mates regularly relieved each other at the watches, and for aught that could be seen to the contrary, they seemed to be the only commanders of the ship; only they sometimes issued from the cabin with orders so sudden and peremptory, that after all it was plain they but commanded vicariously.
- 1861 — Charles Dickens, Great Expectations ch IV
- My sister, having so much to do, was going to church vicariously, that is to say, Joe and I were going.
- a. 2004, Bill Watterson, Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat, Andrews McMeel, ISBN 0-8362-1769-1
- Dad, are you vicariously living through me in the hope that my accomplishments will validate your mediocre life and in some way compensate for all [of] the opportunities you botched?
- 2006 — Tool (band): Maynard James Keenan, Album: 10,000 days Song Vicarious
- I need to watch things die from a good safe distance. / Vicariously, I live while the whole world dies. / You all feel the same so why can't we just admit it?