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vicissitude

noun

  1. (variation)  a variation in circumstances or fortune at different times in your life or in the development of something
    Type of: variation
  2. (mutability)  mutability in life or nature (especially successive alternation from one condition to another)
    Type of: mutability

Etymology summary

Latin vicissitudo ("change"), from vicissim ("on the other hand, in turn"), from...
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Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

vicissitude | vicissitudinary [derived] | vicissitudinous [adjective, derived]

variation or mutability in nature or life, especially successive alternation from one condition or thing to another | a variation in circumstance, ... (21 of 276 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

vicissitude | succession [synonym, sense-specific] | mutability [synonym, sense-specific]

the quality or state of being changeable; "mutability" ; natural change or mutation visible in nature or in human affairs | a favorable or unfavorable ... (24 of 114 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Oxford Dictionary:

vicissitude | vicissitudes | vicissitudinous [derived]

(usually "vicissitudes") : a change of circumstances or fortune, typically one that is unwelcome or unpleasant | [literary] : alternation between ... (20 of 78 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

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New World Dictionary:

vicissitude | vicissitudinary [related]

a condition of constant change or alternation, as a natural process; mutability ; regular succession or alternation, as of night and day | ... (22 of 78 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Random House Dictionary:

vicissitude | vicissitudes [sense-specific]

a change or variation occurring in the course of something. | interchange or alternation, as of states or things. | "vicissitudes": successive, ... (20 of 67 words, 5 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

vicissitude | vicissitudes [plural] | ups and downs [informal, synonym, sense-specific] | alternation [synonym, sense-specific] | interchange [synonym, sense-specific]

Regular change or succession from one thing to another, or one part of a cycle to the next; alternation; mutual succession; interchange. | "vicissitudes": a change, especially in one's life or fortunes. (31 of 61 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

vicissitude

A change or variation. | The quality of being changeable; mutability. | One of the sudden or unexpected changes or shifts often encountered in one's ... (23 of 59 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

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Encarta Dictionary:

vicissitude

the fact of being variable (literary) | unexpected changes, especially in somebody's fortunes (12 of 60 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

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Etymology references

Wiktionary:

vicissitude | vicissitudes [plural]

Origin: Latin vicissitudo ("change"), from vicissim ("on the other hand, in turn"), from vicis ("change, vicissitude"), whence Spanish vez and French fois ("time (as in next time), occurrence").

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Online Etymology:

vicissitude

First use: 1560s

Origin: Middle French vicissitude (14th century), from Latin vicissitudinem (nominative vicissitudo) "change", from vicissim ... (14 of 22 etymology words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

vicissitude | vicissitudes

First use: early 17th century

Origin: (in the sense "alternation"): from French, or from Latin vicissitudo, from vicissim "by turns", from vic- "turn, change"

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American Heritage Dictionary:

vicissitude

Origin: Latin vicissitūdō, from vicissim, in turn, probably from vicēs, plural of *vix, change; see weik- [entry 2] in Indo-European roots.

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Merriam-Webster:

vicissitude

First use: about 1576

Origin: Middle French, from Latin vicissitudo, from vicissim in turn, from vicis change, alternation

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New World Dictionary:

vicissitude

Origin: French from Latin vicissitudo from *vix, a turn, change: see "vicar"

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Collins Dictionary:

vicissitude

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Latin vicissitūdō, from vicis change, alternation

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Encarta Dictionary:

vicissitude

First use: Mid-16th century

Origin: Directly or via French from Latin vicissitudo from vicissim "by turns" from vic-

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Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

vicissitude

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the Free Dictionary:

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Google Dictionary:

vicissitude | vicissitudes [plural]

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

vicissitude

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YourDictionary Audio:

vicissitude

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