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adjective [before noun] uk   /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.
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
Through her letters we were able vicariously to experience her excitement.
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
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