Vice vs Folly - What's the difference?
As an adverb vice
As a noun folly is
From (etyl), from (etyl), from (etyl) .
A bad habit.
(legal) Any of various crimes related (depending on jurisdiction) to prostitution, pornography, gambling, alcohol, or drugs.
A defect in the temper or behaviour of a horse, such as to make the animal dangerous, to injure its health, or to diminish its usefulness.
* From the case of Scholefield v. Robb (1839).
- Smoking is a vice , not a virtue.
* (bad habit) virtue
* vice squad
From (etyl) ; akin to English withy.
* vise (US)
A mechanical screw apparatus used for clamping or holding (also spelled vise).
A tool for drawing lead into cames, or flat grooved rods, for casements.
(obsolete) A grip or grasp.
* 1597 , , II. I. 22:
- Fang. An I but fist him once; an a’ come but within my vice ,–
To hold or squeeze with a vice, or as if with a vice.
* 1610 , , I. ii. 416:
* De Quincey
- Camillo. As he had seen’t, or been an instrument / To vice you to't, that you have touched his queen / Forbiddenly
- The coachman's hand was viced between his upper and lower thigh.
From (etyl) , ablative form of vicis.
vice (no comparative or superlative)
in place of; subordinate to; designating a person below another in rank
- vice president
- vice admiral
* vice admiral
* vice governor
* vice mayor
* vice president
instead of, in place of
- A. B. was appointed postmaster vice C. D. resigned.
Thoughtless action resulting in tragic consequence.
- This is a war of folly .
A fanciful building built for purely ornamental reasons.
- The purchase of Alaska from Russia was termed Seward's folly.
- A luncheonette in the shape of a coffee cup is particularly conspicuous, as is intended of an architectural duck or folly .