vicarious | vicariously

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Meaning(s)

something experienced through others

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Something ‘vicarious’ is experienced through watching, reading, or listening to other people rather than by living or doing it yourself. It is not as satisfying or memorable as experiencing something firsthand, but it is safer and requires far less effort.

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Synonyms proxy,surrogate,substitute
Antonyms firsthand,direct,primary

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  1. I taught John everything he knows, so when he got that big promotion, I derived some vicarious enjoyment from it.

  2. Even though I couldn’t go on the trip with Diane, I got to experience it vicariously by watching the videos she sent me.

  3. Action movies allow the audience to experience plenty of vicarious thrills and dangers from the comfort of their living room.

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