Word of the Day: vicarious
Friday, January 31, 2020
Word of the Day from Merriam Webster Dictionary, Jan 18, 2020
1: experienced or realized through imaginative or sympathetic participation in the experience of another .
2: a) serving instead of someone or something else
b) that has been delegated
3: performed or suffered by one person as a substitute for another or to the benefit or advantage of another: substitutionary
4: occurring in an unexpected or abnormal part of the bocy instead of the usual one.
DID YOU KNOW?
If you act in someone's stead, you take his or her place, at least temporarily. The oldest meaning of vicarious, which dates to the first half of the 1600s, is "serving instead of someone or something else." The word vicarious derives from the Latin noun vicis, which means "change," "alternation," or "stead." Vicis is also the source of the English prefix vice- (as in "vice president"), meaning "one that takes the place of."