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adjective as in done or felt for, or on behalf of, another

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This is evidence of “vicarious traumatization,” Sood says, which can occur when a child hears about a tragedy or sees images of it—even if they don’t experience it firsthand.

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One of the perks of the job, Goucher told me, was getting a vicarious thrill of being close to the action of elite-level competition.

Acknowledging vicarious trauma and weathering in refugees and migrants from instability itself is important.

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I collected bits of them, but my blitz was safely vicarious.

But the old city, site of the bull run, has the inevitable trappings of a theme park for aficionados of the vicarious kind.

David, I want to shake you and say, do not use our lives as vicarious proof for your consumer conservatism.

He reads biographies, he dreams of great men—a vicarious pleasure, presumably.

But the appeal of Harlequins is more than just vicarious sex.

You may think I'm offering myself as a sort of vicarious atonement—if your Doris fails you—but I'm not, really.

This always occasioned a double execution, for the wrath or revenge of Louis was never satisfied with a vicarious punishment.

Here are three measures of subjugation, all flowing from the same fountain of Principle—vicarious government by a feudal superior.

To-day he was in the state of mind when even vicarious good 202 deeds are a support and a consolation.

The scandalmonger, inhibited from doing the forbidden thing, enjoys himself by a vicarious indulgence in rottenness.


On this page you'll find 18 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to vicarious, such as: by proxy, commissioned, delegated, deputed, empathetic, and eventual.

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