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.

Primary Meanings of vice

1.
n
a specific form of evildoing
2.
n
moral weakness
Full Definitions of vice
1

n a specific form of evildoing

vice offends the moral standards of the community”
Types:
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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

n moral weakness

Synonyms:
frailty
Type of:
evil, evilness
the quality of being morally wrong in principle or practice

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