from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. With the order or meaning reversed; conversely.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. The same but with the two things or people mentioned reversed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The order being changed.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. with the order reversed


Latin vice versā : vice, ablative of *vix, position + versā, feminine ablative of versus, past participle of vertere, to turn.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin ablative absolute vice versā, from feminine third declension noun vicis ("arrangement, order, position, etc.") + feminine ablative singular of perfect passive participle versus, from vertō. (Wiktionary)


  • The thought of Bubbe on top of Roy or vice versa was a horrid vision, one that would be followed by an entire mental slide show of grotesque horrors, catalogued by my “Morbid Thought Disorder,” which began at age three, after viewing Holocaust films and photographs on Bubbe Mary’s TV.

    Roseanne Archy


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