Etymology
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vicarious (adj.)

1630s, "taking the place of another," from Latin vicarius "that supplies a place; substituted, delegated," from vicis "a change, exchange, interchange; succession, alternation, substitution," from PIE root *weik- (2) "to bend, to wind."

From 1690s as "done or experienced in place of another" (usually in reference to punishment, often of Christ); from 1929 as "experienced imaginatively through another." Related: Vicariously.

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Definitions of vicarious

vicarious (adj.)
experienced at secondhand;
read about mountain climbing and felt vicarious excitement
vicarious (adj.)
occurring in an abnormal part of the body instead of the usual site involved in that function;
vicarious menstruation
vicarious (adj.)
suffered or done by one person as a substitute for another;
vicarious atonement
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