Definition of vice anglais in English:

vice anglais

noun

humorous
  • A vice considered characteristic of the English, especially the use of corporal punishment for the purpose of sexual stimulation.

    • ‘Humiliation, in the form of flagellation, has long been known as le vice anglais; now public humiliation has become part of mainstream culture, for entertainment.’
    • ‘Le vice anglais, for those who want to know, translates to The English Vice, and it's what many of the French dubbed BDSM and flagellation.’
    • ‘And most French people will continue to talk smugly about binge drinking - they even use the same phrase - being just another vice anglais.’
    • ‘Not for nothing do the French refer to flagellation as ‘le vice anglais’.’
    • ‘Thus Hankey may, for all I know, single-handedly be responsible for the coining of the French term ‘le vice anglais’.’
    • ‘I especially recall it in 1979, the very peak year for sales of that special smoke, as well as for what smart circles used to call le vice anglais.’

Origin

French, literally ‘English vice’.

Pronunciation

vice anglais

/vis ɑ̃ɡlɛ/