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Date: 1600-1700
Language: Latin
Origin: vicarius 'acting in place of another', from vicis 'change, alternation, position'

vicarious

adjective
     
vi‧car‧i‧ous [only before noun]
experienced by watching or reading about someone else doing something, rather than by doing it yourself
vicarious pleasure/satisfaction/excitement etc
the vicarious pleasure that parents get from their children's success
vicariously adverb

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