|Origin:||Latin vitium 'fault, vice'|
criminal activities that involve sex or drugs: ➔ vice squad
the fight against vice on the streets
The police have smashed a vice ring (=a group of criminals involved in vice) in Chicago.
a bad habit:
Smoking is my only vice.
3 [uncountable and countable]
a bad or immoral quality in a person, or bad or immoral behaviour [≠ virtue]:
Jealousy is a vice.
to reward virtue and punish vice
4TZ [countable] usually vise American English
a tool that holds an object very firmly so that you can work on it:
He held my arm like a vice.