The word "vice" is usually used in a negative sense in the meaning of "immoral or wicked behavior". On the other hand we have a commonly used term "vice president" as the second person in a presidency system. As a non-native speaker when I first saw "vice president" I thought that it was something like "king of parties and all kind of entertainments" :). Obviously no one else understands it in this way.

What is the relation between the word "vice" and the term "vice president"?

  • I once read about A vice president in charge of vice. – hildred Apr 26 '15 at 2:10

The negative "vice" has its roots here:

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin vitium fault, blemish, crime, vice


the prefix "vice-" has its roots in the Latin vice in place of

[Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary]

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