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vicarious - vocabulary

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adjective

Suffered, done, received, or exercised in place of another, as in vicarious punishment; serving as a substitute; felt or enjoyed through imagination of experience of others, as in a vicarious thrill.

Parents lend children their experience and a vicarious memory; children endow their parents with a vicarious immortality.

—George Santayana “Reason in Society” The Life of Reason (1905–1906)

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