vicissitude

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Vicissitude \Vi*cis"si*tude\, noun [L. vicissitudo, fr. vicis change, turn: cf. F. vicissitude. See {Vicarious}.]

1. Regular change or succession from one thing to another; alternation; mutual succession; interchange.

God made two great lights . . . To illuminate the earth and rule the day In their vicissitude, and rule the night. --Milton.

2. Irregular change; revolution; mutation.

3. (pl.) Changing conditions of fortune in one's life; life's ups and downs. [PJC]

This man had, after many vicissitudes of fortune, sunk at last into abject and hopeless poverty. --Macaulay.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

vicissitude

noun

1: a variation in circumstances or fortune at different times in your life or in the development of something; "the project was subject to the usual vicissitudes of exploratory research"

2: mutability in life or nature (especially successive alternation from one condition to another)


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