Vicissitudinous

vicissitude

[vi-sis-i-tood, -tyood]
noun
1.
a change or variation occurring in the course of something.
2.
interchange or alternation, as of states or things.
3.
vicissitudes, successive, alternating, or changing phases or conditions, as of life or fortune; ups and downs: They remained friends through the vicissitudes of 40 years.
4.
regular change or succession of one state or thing to another.
5.
change; mutation; mutability.

Origin:
1560–70; < Latin vicissitūdō, equivalent to viciss(im) in turn (perhaps by syncope < *vice-cessim; vice in the place of (see vice3) + cessim giving way, adv. derivative of cēdere to go, proceed) + -i- -i- -tūdō -tude

vicissitudinous, adjective
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vicissitude (vɪˈsɪsɪˌtjuːd)
 
n
1.  variation or mutability in nature or life, esp successive alternation from one condition or thing to another
2.  a variation in circumstance, fortune, character, etc
 
[C16: from Latin vicissitūdō, from vicis change, alternation]
 
vicissi'tudinary
 
adj
 
vicissi'tudinous
 
adj

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vicissitude
1560s, from M.Fr. vicissitude (14c.), from L. vicissitudinem (nom. vicissitudo) "change," from vicissim "changeably, in turn," from vicis "a turn, change" (see vicarious). Related: Vicissitudes.
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