vice definition, meaning - what is vice in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “vice”

See all translations

vice

prefix (also vice-) uk   us   /vaɪs/
used as part of the title of particular positions. The person who holds one of these positions is next below in authority to the person who holds the full position and can act for them: the vice captain of the team a vice admiral
More examples

vice

noun uk   us   /vaɪs/

vice noun (FAULT)

C2 [C or U] a moral fault or weakness in someone's character: Greed, pride, envy, and lust are considered to be vices.mainly humorous My one real vice (= bad habit) is chocolate. [U] illegal and immoral activities, especially involving illegal sex, drugs, etc.: The chief of police said that he was committed to wiping out vice in the city.

vice noun (TOOL)

[C] mainly UK (US usually vise) a tool with two parts that can be moved together by tightening a screw so that an object can be held firmly between them while it is being worked on: Vices are often used to hold pieces of wood that are being cut or smoothed. Her hand tightened like a vice around his arm.
Translations of “vice”
in Arabic رَذيلة…
in Korean 비행…
in Malaysian ragum…
in French étau…
in Turkish zaaf, kusur, kişilik zayıflığı…
in Italian vizio…
in Chinese (Traditional) 副職的, 副的…
in Russian порок, зло, преступление…
in Polish wada, prostytucja i narkotyki, imadło…
in Vietnamese mỏ cặp, êtô…
in Spanish torno de banco…
in Portuguese vício…
in Thai คีมจับ…
in German der Schraubstock…
in Catalan vici…
in Japanese 悪癖…
in Indonesian tanggam…
in Chinese (Simplified) 副职的, 副的…
(Definition of vice from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of vice?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “vice” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

force

physical, especially violent, strength, or power

Word of the Day

They sometimes go here and they never go there: using adverbs of frequency

by Liz Walter,
April 29, 2015
Sometimes, always, often, never: these are some of the most common words in English.  Unfortunately, they are also some of the words that cause the most problems for students. Many of my students put them in the wrong place, often because that’s where they go in their own languages. They say things

Read More 

Evel abbreviation

May 04, 2015
English votes for English laws; the idea that only English (as opposed to Scottish, Welsh or Irish) MPs should be allowed to vote for laws that affect only England Yet these are the two principal constitutional proposals that have come from the Conservative party in its kneejerk response to Ukip’s English nationalism and

Read More