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- (Received Pronunciation, Mary–marry–merry distinction) IPA(key): /vɪˈkɛəɹi.əs/
- (General American, Mary–marry–merry merger) IPA(key): /vaɪˈkɛɹi.əs/, /vəˈkɛɹi.əs/
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- Rhymes: -ɛəɹiəs
vicarious (not comparable)
- Experienced or gained by taking in another person’s experience, rather than through first-hand experience, such as through watching or reading.
- People experience vicarious pleasures through watching television.
- 1886, Robert Louis Stevenson, chapter 10, in Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde:
- 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.
- On behalf of others.
- The concept of vicarious atonement, that one person can atone for the sins of another, is found in many religions.
experienced or gained by the loss or to the consequence of another
on behalf of others
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- “vicarious” in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.