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vice sb.1 (2 cf. Cotgr., ‘Badiner’, to play the foole, or Vice)
1. sinful act, offence, transgression Meas. II. iv. 117 “You . . . rather prov'd the sliding of your brother A merriment than a vice,” Oth. IV. i. 179 “how he laughed at his vice,” IV. iii. 71 “'tis a great price For a small vice.”
2. (with capital V)=INIQUITY Tw.N. IV. ii. 138, 2H4 III. ii. 347 (see DAGGER 2); cf. R3 III. i. 82 “the formal Vice, Iniquity” ; transf. Ham. III. iv. 98 “a Vice of kings” (=a buffoon of a king).
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