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Meaning of VICISSITUDE

Pronunciation:  vi'sisi`tood

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  mutability in life or nature (especially successive alternation from one condition to another)
  2. [n]  a variation in circumstances or fortune at different times in your life or in the development of something; "the project was subject to the usual vicissitudes of exploratory research"
 

VICISSITUDE is a 11 letter word that starts with V.

 

 See Also: fluctuation, mutability, mutableness, variation

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Vi*cis"si*tude\, n. [L. vicissitudo, fr. vicis
change, turn: cf. F. vicissitude. See {Vicarious}.]
1. Regular change or succession from one thing to another;
   alternation; mutual succession; interchange.

         God made two great lights . . . To illuminate the
         earth and rule the day In their vicissitude, and
         rule the night.                       --Milton.

2. Irregular change; revolution; mutation.

         This man had, after many vicissitudes of fortune,
         sunk at last into abject and hopeless poverty.
                                               --Macaulay.

 

 

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