Vicarious Definition

vicarious meaning

What Does Vicariously Mean?

Vicarious!!!!  It sounds cool, cutting edge, and powerful.  It makes you feel smart if you use it correctly.  But how many of us know what it means?

Vicarious (as defined by the dictionary): experienced in the imagination through the feelings or actions of another person, or acting or done for another  

So how do we define vicarious or living vicariously through another person?  We often hear someone say “I am living vicariously through . . . . . . . . . ”  This is describing how one person is in his or her imagination experience the feelings of another person.  generally one is referring to living out some type of fantasy lifestyle.  Examples include living vicariously through a younger person, or someone that is single and not attached, or a famous athlete or entertainer.

vicarious meaning

Fortunately, art and music can help us understand as well.  Tool’s brilliant and epic anthem “Vicarious” certainly sheds some light on this topic.  “Vicariously I, live while the whole world dies” is just one piece of the lyrics that are open to a variety of different interpretations.  See for yourself what you think.


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Tool-Vicarious [8:48] from Music

Four-part series on the Making of Tool’s Vicarious video. See the last five minutes for Alex Grey’s take on the symbolism of the creatures. from ToolBand

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