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A fault, flaw, defect, or imperfection. Immoral conduct, practice, or habit.

In Civil Law, redhibitory vices are defects or flaws in the subject matter of a sale that entitle the buyer to return the item and recover the purchase price.A vice crime is any type of immoral and illegal activity, such as prostitution, the sale of Drugs and Narcotics, and gambling.


noun atrocity, bad habit, blemish, corruption, defect, deficiency, degeneracy, delinquency, depravity, dereliction, dissipation, dissoluteness, evil, excess, failing, failure, fault, flaw, foible, fraility, immoral habit, immorality, imperfection, impurity, inadequacy, indecency, indulgence, infamy, infirmity, iniquity, lack, lewdness, libertinism, licentiousness, looseness, mar, maleficence, malignance, misconduct, misdeed, obliquity, outrage, perversion, profligacy, shortcoming, sin, sinfulness, transgression, turpitude, unchastity, vileness, wantonness, weak point, weakness, wickedness, wrong, wrongdoing
See also: bad repute, flaw, foible, guilt, mens rea, mischief, misdoing, sodomy, wrong

VICE. A term used in the civil law and in Louisiana, by which is meant a defect in a thing; an imperfection. For example, epilepsy in a slave, roaring and crib-biting in a horse, are vices. Redhibitory vices are those for which the seller will be compelled to annul a sale, and take back the thing sold. Poth. Vente, 203; Civ. Code of Lo. art. 2498 to 2507; 1 Duv. n. 396.

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All day, London was caught in a vicelike gridlock and in the evening things got worse.
The Germans, who had won 3-1 in the first leg, only fleetingly relaxed their vicelike grip in the return.
You can even receive text messages in the car on the small screen which suspends from the dash using the vicelike sticky pads provided.
No Country For Did Men holds the audience in a vicelike grip as the Coen brothers crank up the tension.
No Country For Old Men holds us in vicelike grip as these men slowly gravitate towards one another, destined to collide in a hail of bullets.
Authorized did so in no uncertain terms, having a vicelike grip of his bridle when bearing down on the leaders with two furlongs to travel.
It's let down slightly by the lack of clear motivation and the ease with which Julia has the wool pulled over her eyes, but, with Stiles matching Stockard caustic note for note and the scenes between them charged with electrifying chemistry, it exercises a vicelike compulsion.
The 19-year-old Sharapova then dropped three of the next four games to temporarily lose her vicelike grip on the match but later she attempted to make light of the episode by quipping: "You guys wanted some entertainment during a women's match and you got some.
One Midland sports photographer still cheerfully tells the chilling tale of an afternoon snapping away at a sparring session early in Woodhall's career when, suddenly locked in a vicelike grip, he became aware of an unmistakably husky Black Country voice whispering in his ear: "My lad is flamin' lethal
There will be changes, probably a lot of changes, within the next year," Graham insisted, after Ruel Fox's first-half strike and a Jamie Carragher own goal helped him maintain his vicelike psychological grip over Liverpool.