Sunday, August 21, 2005
vicissitude noun [vih-SIS-ih-tood; -tyood] Regular change or succession from one thing to another; alternation; mutual succession; interchange.
Definitions for vicissitude
- Regular change or succession from one thing to another; alternation; mutual succession; interchange.
- Irregular change; revolution; mutation.
- A change in condition or fortune; an instance of mutability in life or nature (especially successive alternation from one condition to another).
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Citations for vicissitude
This man had, after many vicissitudes of fortune, sunk at last into abject and hopeless poverty.
Max had rescued his father's gold watch through every vicissitude, but as it didn't go I took it to a watchmaker.
Origin of vicissitude
Vicissitude comes from Latin vicissitudo, from vicissim, in turn, probably from vices, changes.