Definition of vice-ridden in US English:



  • 1(of a place) having a high incidence of activity involving prostitution, pornography, or drugs.

    ‘a vice-ridden hub for violent suburban youths’
    • ‘The need to escape the overcrowded and vice-ridden "Tenderloin" district prompted many ambitious black families to seek accommodations in Harlem.’
    • ‘A thinly disguised autobiography, it tears into British society, examining class, religion, loveless families, and vice-ridden public schools.’
    • ‘Their open soliciting had earned London the reputation, admitted even by the government, of being one of the most viceridden cities in the world.’
    • ‘This new movie lifts the lid on the murky, back-stabbing, vice-ridden world of the movie agent.’
    • ‘During her time in the vice-ridden West End and Soho of the 1950s, she weathered her fair share of violent confrontations.’
    • ‘Thousands of young people from some of the Mexican capital's toughest vice-ridden neighborhoods have recently begun making monthly pilgrimages to San Hipólito Church.’
    sinful, ungodly, unholy, irreligious, unrighteous, profane, blasphemous, impious, impure
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    1. 1.1 (of a person) engaging in immoral or dissolute behavior.
      ‘the present generation of college students is more studious and less vice-ridden’
      • ‘Like other vice-ridden players of his time, he was also very good at snooker.’
      • ‘The Catholics who settled later were held to be poor, illiterate, vice-ridden, and in thrall to their priests.’
      • ‘In her opinion the young people he would come in contact with were vice-ridden and ill-educated.’
      • ‘Late-night casinos are still considered by many as a hang-out for vice-ridden ne'er-do-wells.’
      • ‘The film had a good-and-evil battle of biblical proportions raging inside one desperate man, a vice-ridden, junkie cop.’
      corrupt, decadent, dissolute, dissipated, debauched, rakish, reprobate, profligate, depraved, perverted, despicable, base, wicked, sinful, ungodly
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