V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. experiencing an activity second hand by hearing, watching, or reading about it rather than by doing the activity yourself; 2. taking the place of another

Synonyms: indirect, pretended, secondary, delegated, substituted, surrogate, sympathetic

Antonyms: first-hand, direct

Tips: Vicarious is derived from the Latin vicarius, which means "substitute." Vicarious is used to describe the feeling of taking part in an activity when you have really only experienced the activity second hand, as when someone tells you about it.

Usage Examples:

I felt vicarious pain when Bob told me about how he had accidentally cut himself. (indirect, sympathetic, second hand)

I felt vicarious excitement to hear that my friend was going to perform on Broadway. (indirect, secondary, surrogate)

Most football fans experience the vicarious thrill of victory every time their team wins. (indirect, secondary)

The woman vicariously participated in dance classes through her daughter's description of them. (indirectly) adverb

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