[ vi-sis-i-tood, -tyood ]
/ vɪˈsɪs ɪˌtud, -ˌtyud /
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.
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Origin of vicissitude
OTHER WORDS FROM vicissitudevi·cis·si·tu·di·nous, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for vicissitude
Marriage, the earthly way, is vicissitudinous, for everybody knows that anything is liable to happen to a man at large.Humorous Ghost Stories|Dorothy Scarborough
Mr. Lumley revived Nino (Nabucco) towards the close of his memorable and vicissitudinous management.Verdi: Man and Musician|Frederick James Crowest
British Dictionary definitions for vicissitude
/ (vɪˈsɪsɪˌtjuːd) /
variation or mutability in nature or life, esp successive alternation from one condition or thing to another
a variation in circumstance, fortune, character, etc
Derived forms of vicissitudevicissitudinary or vicissitudinous, adjective
Word Origin for vicissitude
C16: from Latin vicissitūdō, from vicis change, alternation
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