vice

A vice is a moral failing or a bad habit. Lying and cheating are both forms of vice.

In the United States, municipal police departments often have a bureau dedicated to vice, manned by vice cops, whose job it is to fight crime related to alcohol, drugs, and gambling. But anything can be a vice, as long as there's someone out there who views it as bad behavior or a moral weakness. You might say, casually, "Chocolate ice cream is my vice. I eat it every day."

Definitions of vice
  1. noun
    a specific form of evildoing
    vice offends the moral standards of the community”
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    gambling, gaming, play
    the act of playing for stakes in the hope of winning (including the payment of a price for a chance to win a prize)
    intemperance, intemperateness
    consumption of alcoholic drinks
    sporting life
    active interest in gambling on sports events
    bet, wager
    the act of gambling
    gambling game, game of chance
    a game that involves gambling
    boozing, crapulence, drink, drinking, drunkenness
    the act of drinking alcoholic beverages to excess
    throw
    casting an object in order to determine an outcome randomly
    type of:
    evildoing, transgression
    the act of transgressing; the violation of a law or a duty or moral principle
  2. noun
    moral weakness
    synonyms: frailty
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    type of:
    evil, evilness
    the quality of being morally wrong in principle or practice
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