Pronunciation: (vī-kâr'ē-us, vi-),[key] —adj. 1. performed, exercised, received, or suffered in place of another: vicarious punishment. 2. taking the place of another person or thing; acting or serving as a substitute.
3. felt or enjoyed through imagined participation in the experience of others: a vicarious thrill. 4. Physiol.noting or pertaining to a situation in which one organ performs part of the functions normally performed by another.