- 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
Examples from the Web for vicissitudinous
Marriage, the earthly way, is vicissitudinous, for everybody knows that anything is liable to happen to a man at large.Humorous Ghost Stories
Mr. Lumley revived Nino (Nabucco) towards the close of his memorable and vicissitudinous management.Verdi: Man and Musician
Frederick James Crowest
- 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 vicissitudinous
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.