- an unpredictable or erratic action, occurrence, course, or instance: the vagaries of weather; the vagaries of the economic scene.
- a whimsical, wild, or unusual idea, desire, or action.
Origin of vagary
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Examples from the Web for vagaries
What the record really shows is just how much the fate of the Presidency is governed by the vagaries of chance.Political Mythbusting: Third Term’s the Charm
August 24, 2014
After all, radically purist ideologies need to be sheltered from the vagaries of the world, and they can be expensive to maintain.Will Saudi Arabia Execute Guest Workers for 'Witchcraft'?
March 29, 2014
The power to hold in check the vagaries of imagination may be gone.The Great Hunger
The vagaries of the mountain atmosphere rarely concerned him.The Golden Woman
It has no thought of time and it accepts all the vagaries of your laziness.Journeys to Bagdad
Charles S. Brooks
Silvey smiled, as does an adult listening to the vagaries of a child.A Son of the City
Herman Gastrell Seely
The vagaries of the human mind are beyond our understanding.Watch Yourself Go By
Al. G. Field
- an erratic or outlandish notion or action; whim
Word Origin and History for vagaries
1570s, "a wandering, a roaming journey," probably from Latin vagari "to wander, roam, be unsettled, spread abroad," from vagus "roving, wandering" (see vague). Current meaning of "eccentric notion or conduct" (1620s) is from notion of mental wandering. Related: Vagaries.