adjective Etymology: Latin vicarius, from vicis change, alternation, stead — more at week Date: 1637 1. a. serving instead of someone or something else b. that has been delegated <
vicarious authority
2. performed or suffered by one person as a substitute for another or to the benefit or advantage of another ; substitutionary <
a vicarious sacrifice
3. experienced or realized through imaginative or sympathetic participation in the experience of another 4. occurring in an unexpected or abnormal part of the body instead of the usual one <
vicarious menstruation manifested by bleeding from the nose
vicariously adverbvicariousness noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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