Pronunciation: (vī-kâr'ē-us, vi-), [key]
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.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.