Definition of vice anglais in English:

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vice anglais

Pronunciation: /vis ɑ̃ɡlɛ/


[in singular] humorous
A vice considered characteristic of the English, especially the use of corporal punishment for the purpose of sexual stimulation.
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'.

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