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vicariously ‎(not comparable)

  1. In a vicarious manner.
  2. indirectly, as, by, or through a substitute


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  • 1851Herman 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.
  • 1861Charles 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?
  • 2006Tool (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?