Pronunciation: (vīs),[key] —n. 1. an immoral or evil habit or practice.
2. immoral conduct; depraved or degrading behavior: a life of vice. 3. sexual immorality, esp. prostitution.
4. a particular form of depravity.
5. a fault, defect, or shortcoming: a minor vice in his literary style. 6. a physical defect, flaw, or infirmity: a constitutional vice. 7. a bad habit, as in a horse.
8. (cap.) a character in the English morality plays, a personification of general vice or of a particular vice, serving as the buffoon.