- a change or variation occurring in the course of something.
- interchange or alternation, as of states or things.
- vicissitudes, successive, alternating, or changing phases or conditions, as of life or fortune; ups and downs: They remained friends through the vicissitudes of 40 years.
- regular change or succession of one state or thing to another.
- change; mutation; mutability.
Origin of vicissitude
Related Wordsfluctuation, permutation, revolution, diversity, progression, variety, shift, uncertainty, novelty, alteration, variation, switch, turnaround, mutation, reversal, innovation, flip-flop, sport, about-face, alternation
Examples from the Web for vicissitude
But, on the whole, death and vicissitude had done very little.Fragments from The Journal of a Solitary Man
Every grief hath that opportunity of cure; every joy that peril of vicissitude.St. Cuthbert's
Robert E. Knowles
The Sun shone on it: the vicissitude of seasons and human fortunes.Past and Present
What dark treasure-houses of vicissitude and woe are our memories become!Zanoni
Edward Bulwer Lytton
London had hitherto been true to him through every vicissitude.Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)
Thomas Babington Macaulay
- variation or mutability in nature or life, esp successive alternation from one condition or thing to another
- a variation in circumstance, fortune, character, etc
Word Origin and History for vicissitude
1560s, from Middle French vicissitude (14c.), from Latin vicissitudinem (nominative vicissitudo) "change," from vicissim "changeably, in turn," from vicis "a turn, change" (see vicarious). Related: Vicissitudes.