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Today's word is:

vicarious

|vīˈkerēəs, vi-|

adjective

experienced in the imagination through the feelings or actions of another person: I could glean vicarious pleasure from the struggles of my imaginary film friends.

  • Acting or done for another: a vicarious atonement.
  • Physiology. Of or pertaining to the performance by one organ of the functions normally discharged by another.

ORIGIN: mid 17th cent.: from Latin vicarius 'substitute' (see vicar) + -ous.