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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How to use vagary in a sentence
This figure fluctuates quite a bit from day to day, thanks to the vagaries of how and when cases are reported based on the day of the week.U.S. Death Toll From COVID-19 Passes the 500,000 Mark | Chris Wilson | February 22, 2021 | Time
Across the planet, humans have built civilization to withstand the vagaries of a 20th century climate.The Texas Power Grid Failure Is a Climate Change Cautionary Tale | Justin Worland | February 18, 2021 | Time
Less frequent shopping, ingredient shortages and the vagaries of grocery delivery mean that at some point you probably won’t have the ingredient called for in a particular recipe.As stay-at-home restrictions rise, here are ways to cope | Washington Post Staff, Elizabeth Chang, Mari-Jane Williams, Becky Krystal, Kendra Nichols, Caitlin Moore, Stephanie Merry, Missy Rosenberg, Katherine Lee | December 2, 2020 | Washington Post
Eleven inches is the widest tire that’s going to fit, and due to the vagaries of available tire sizes, that also limited our tire height.
After all, one argument for giving judges a lifetime appointment is to insulate them from the vagaries of politics.
Mayo stared after her, wrinkling his forehead for a moment, as if he had discovered some new vagary in femininity to puzzle him.Blow The Man Down | Holman Day
Just where it would next sweep the deck between the masts depended on the vagary of wave and wind.Blow The Man Down | Holman Day
Yet it is in this very vagary that is discovered the true nature of the intellect.The Mystery of Space | Robert T. Browne
Who can tell what vagary or what compromise may not be calling itself Christianity?Winds Of Doctrine | George Santayana
With these words she fell into a vagary; her daughter recalled her from it with a slight movement.The Landlord at Lion's Head, Complete | William Dean Howells
British Dictionary definitions for vagary
an erratic or outlandish notion or action; whim
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