noun[in singular] • humorous
- A vice considered characteristic of the English, especially the use of corporal punishment for the purpose of sexual stimulation.More example sentences
- Thus Hankey may, for all I know, single-handedly be responsible for the coining of the French term ‘le vice anglais’.
- Not for nothing do the French refer to flagellation as ‘le vice anglais’.
- 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.
French, literally 'English vice'.