He reads biographies, he dreams of great men—a vicarious pleasure, presumably.
But the appeal of Harlequins is more than just vicarious sex.
David, I want to shake you and say, do not use our lives as vicarious proof for your consumer conservatism.
1630s, from Latin vicarius "substitute, deputy" (adj. and n.), from vicis "turn, change, exchange, substitution," from PIE root *weik-, *weig- "to bend, wind" (cf. Sanskrit visti "changing, changeable;" Old English wician "to give way, yield," wice "wych elm;" Old Norse vikja "to bend, turn;" Swedish viker "willow twig, wand;" German wechsel "change"). Related: Vicariously.
vicarious vi·car·i·ous (vī-kâr'ē-əs, -kār'-, vĭ-)
Felt or undergone as if one were taking part in the experience or feelings of another.
Occurring in or performed by a part of the body not normally associated with a certain function.