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Monday, August 21, 2006

Definitions for vagary

  1. An extravagant, erratic, or unpredictable notion, action, or occurrence.

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Citations for vagary
Her words are a dreadful reminder that much of life's consequences are resultant of vagary and caprice, dictated by the tragedy of the ill-considered action, the irrevocable misstep, the irrevocable moment in which a terrible wrong can seem the only right. Rosemary Mahoney, New York Times
Weather is one of the vagaries of blue-water racing, ruling the sport like a malicious jester. Martin Dugard, Knockdown
Origin of vagary
1565-1575
Vagary comes from Latin vagari, "to stroll about, to wander," from vagus, "wandering."
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