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vice versa

[vahy-suh vur-suh, vahys, vahy-see] /ˈvaɪ sə ˈvɜr sə, ˈvaɪs, ˈvaɪ si/
in reverse order from the way something has been stated; the other way around: She dislikes me, and vice versa.
Copernicus was the first to suggest that the earth revolves around the sun, and not vice versa.
Origin of vice versa
1595-1605; < Latin, equivalent to vice vice3 + versā, ablative singular feminine of versus, past participle of vertere to turn Unabridged
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  • Twenty years difference in age turns many an elegance into a barbarism; many a virtue into a vice-versa.

    By Advice of Counsel Arthur Train
  • That meant that I could sleep while she piloted and vice-versa.

    A Spaceship Named McGuire Gordon Randall Garrett
  • As an entree the roti should consist of game, and vice-versa.

    Dinners and Luncheons Paul Pierce
  • Whatever you scramble with one key, the other will unlock, and vice-versa.

    Little Brother Cory Doctorow
  • When the dirty side is full, the clean side is empty, so you cycle the dishwasher and the clean side becomes dirty and vice-versa.

    Makers Cory Doctorow
British Dictionary definitions for vice-versa

vice versa

/ˈvaɪsɪ ˈvɜːsə/
with the order reversed; the other way around
Word Origin
C17: from Latin: relations being reversed, from vicis change + vertere to turn
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Word Origin and History for vice-versa

vice versa

c.1600, Latin, from vice, ablative of vicis "a turn, change" (see vicarious) + versa, feminine ablative singular of versus, past participle of vertere "to turn, turn about" (see versus).

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