Vicarious vs Secondary - What's the difference?

vicarious | secondary |


As adjectives the difference between vicarious and secondary

is that vicarious is experienced or gained by the loss or to the consequence of another, such as through watching or reading while secondary is succeeding next in order to the first; of second place, origin, rank, rank, etc; not primary; subordinate; not of the first order or rate.

As a noun secondary is

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vicarious

English

Adjective

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  • Experienced or gained by the loss or to the consequence of another, such as through watching or reading.
  • People experience vicarious pleasures through watching television.
  • Done on behalf of others
  • The concept of vicarious atonement, that one person can atone for the sins of another, is found in many religions.

    Quotations

    {{timeline, 1800s=1886, 1900s=1900 1920}} * 1886 — ch 10 *: The pleasures which I made haste to seek in my disguise were, as I have said, undignified; I would scarce use a harder term. But in the hands of Edward Hyde, they soon began to turn toward the monstrous. When I would come back from these excursions, I was often plunged into a kind of wonder at my vicarious depravity. * 1900 — ch 26 *: As time went on, the cruel custom was so far mitigated that a ram was accepted as a vicarious sacrifice in room of the royal victim. * 1920 — ch III *: In these, however, he had not much time to indulge, for a footman, still decked in the trappings of vicarious grief, opened the door with the most startling promptitude, and he was ushered upstairs into a small but richly furnished room.

    Derived terms

    * vicarious atonement * vicarious learning * vicarious liability * vicarious reinforcement

    secondary

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Succeeding next in order to the first; of second place, origin, rank, rank, etc.; not primary; subordinate; not of the first order or rate.
  • Acting by deputation or delegated authority; as, the work of secondary hands.
  • Possessing some quality, or having been subject to some operation (as substitution), in the second degree; as, a secondary salt, a secondary amine, etc. Compare primary.
  • (geology) Subsequent in origin; -- said of minerals produced by alteration or deposition subsequent to the formation of the original rocks mass; also of characters of minerals (as secondary cleavage, etc.) developed by pressure or other causes.
  • (zootomy) Pertaining to the second joint of the wing of a bird.
  • (medicine) Dependent or consequent upon another disease; as, Bright's disease is often secondary to scarlet fever; or occurring in the second stage of a disease; as, the secondary symptoms of syphilis.
  • Of less than primary importance.
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  • (of a color) Formed by mixing primary colors.
  • Yellow is a secondary light color, though a primary CMYK color.

    Coordinate terms

    (terms coordinate to secondary) * primary (1) * tertiary (3) * quaternary (4) * quinary (5) * senary (6) * septenary (7) * octonary (8) * nonary (9) * denary (10) * duodenary (12) * vigenary (20)

    Noun

    (secondaries)
  • (ornithology) Any flight feather attached to the ulna (forearm) of a bird.
  • (finance) An act of issuing more stock by an already publicly traded corporation.
  • (American football, Canadian football) The defensive backs.
  • (electronics) An inductive coil or loop that is magnetically powered by a primary in a transformer or similar
  • One who occupies a subordinate or auxiliary place; a delegate deputy.
  • the secondary , or undersheriff, of the city of London
  • * Shakespeare
  • Old Escalus is thy secondary .
  • (astronomy) A secondary circle.
  • (astronomy) A satellite.
  • (Webster 1913)