vagary

[vuh-gair-ee, vey-guh-ree]
noun, plural vagaries.
1.
an unpredictable or erratic action, occurrence, course, or instance: the vagaries of weather; the vagaries of the economic scene.
2.
a whimsical, wild, or unusual idea, desire, or action.

Origin:
1565–75, in sense “wandering journey”; apparently < Latin vagārī to wander


2. caprice, whim, quirk, crotchet.
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vagary (ˈveɪɡərɪ, vəˈɡɛərɪ)
 
n , pl -garies
an erratic or outlandish notion or action; whim
 
[C16: probably from Latin vagārī to roam; compare Latin vagusvague]

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vagary
1577, "a wandering, a roaming journey," probably from L. vagari "to wander, roam, be unsettled, spread abroad" from vagus "roving, wandering" (see vague). Current meaning of "eccentric notion or conduct" (1629) is from notion of mental wandering.
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Example sentences
For those not in the know, this is a vagary of planetary alignment that occurs about three times a year.
Such vagary was characteristic of subsequent enumerations.
During storage the modules are subject to excess ground water in isolated or large areas, depending on weather vagary.
He caught at every illusive vagary that might promise to retrieve his error.
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