- 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 Words for vicissitudesfluctuation, 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 vicissitudes
Contemporary Examples of vicissitudes
Art must be used in service of the people—and is always subject to the vicissitudes of the party line.The Death of 'Stalin's Songbird'
January 29, 2014
One by one, nine men, all military veterans, updated the judge on the vicissitudes of their week.From PTSD to Prison: Why Veterans Become Criminals
July 28, 2013
But no matter what the vicissitudes of life, I am still glad that I came of age in Boston, and that it taught me what it did.Whoever Did This Does Not Understand Boston
April 17, 2013
Historical Examples of vicissitudes
Both will afford me encouragement and support in the vicissitudes which yet await me.
The following cheap and valuable composition will preserve all sorts of wood work exposed to the vicissitudes of the weather.
These laws have had their vicissitudes, and are not yet free from complications.
The European governments have undergone the vicissitudes of fortune.
Since then my life has been passed in all the vicissitudes of war and peace.The Confessions of Harry Lorrequer, Complete
Charles James Lever (1806-1872)
- 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 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.