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vicarious

adjective [before noun]     /vɪˈkeə.ri.əs/ US  /-ˈker.i-/
experienced as a result of watching, listening to, or reading about the activities of other people, rather than by doing the activities yourself: They get a vicarious thrill from watching motor racing.Replacing and exchanging vicariously     /-li/ adverb Through her letters we were able vicariously to experience her excitement.Replacing and exchanging vicariousness     /-nəs/ noun [U] Replacing and exchanging
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