Meaning of vicarious

vi•car•i•ous

Pronunciation: (vī-kâr'ē-us, vi-), [key]
— adj.
  1. performed, exercised, received, or suffered in place of another: vicarious punishment.
  2. taking the place of another person or thing; acting or serving as a substitute.
  3. felt or enjoyed through imagined participation in the experience of others: a vicarious thrill.
  4. noting or pertaining to a situation in which one organ performs part of the functions normally performed by another.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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