vice

A vice is a moral failing or a bad habit. Traditional examples of vice include drinking alcohol, smoking tobacco, and gambling in card games.

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, "I don't drink, smoke, or gamble. Chocolate ice cream is my vice." Or driving over the speed limit. Or intentionally failing to sort your recycling.

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
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    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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    evil, evilness
    the quality of being morally wrong in principle or practice
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