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vagary

[ vuh-gair-ee, vey-guh-ree ]
/ vəˈgɛər i, ˈveɪ gə ri /
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noun, plural va·gar·ies.

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.

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Origin of vagary

1565–75, in sense “wandering journey”; apparently <Latin vagārī to wander
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British Dictionary definitions for vagary

vagary
/ (ˈveɪɡərɪ, vəˈɡɛərɪ) /

noun plural -garies

an erratic or outlandish notion or action; whim

Word Origin for vagary

C16: probably from Latin vagārī to roam; compare Latin vagus vague
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