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va·ga·ry

 (vā′gə-rē, və-gâr′ē)
n. pl. va·ga·ries
1. An unpredictable development or change of circumstances: the vagaries of mountain weather; the vagaries of business travel.
2. An extravagant or erratic notion or action: could not explain the vagaries of his behavior.

[From Latin vagārī, to wander, from vagus, wandering.]

vagary

(ˈveɪɡərɪ; vəˈɡɛərɪ)
n, pl -garies
an erratic or outlandish notion or action; whim
[C16: probably from Latin vagārī to roam; compare Latin vagus vague]

va•gar•y

(vəˈgɛər i, ˈveɪ gə ri)

n., pl. -gar•ies.
1. an unpredictable, capricious, or erratic action, occurrence, or course.
2. a whimsical, or unusual idea or notion.
[1620–30; appar. < Latin vagārī to wander]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.vagary - an unexpected and inexplicable change in something (in a situation or a person's behavior, etc.)vagary - an unexpected and inexplicable change in something (in a situation or a person's behavior, etc.); "the vagaries of the weather"; "his wealth fluctuates with the vagaries of the stock market"; "he has dealt with human vagaries for many years"
alteration, change, modification - an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another; "the change was intended to increase sales"; "this storm is certainly a change for the worse"; "the neighborhood had undergone few modifications since his last visit years ago"

vagary

noun (usually plural) whim, caprice, unpredictability, sport, urge, fancy, notion, humour, impulse, quirk, conceit, whimsy, crotchet, sudden notion a coat as a provision against the vagaries of the weather his fairly wide experience of women's vagaries

vagary

noun
An impulsive, often illogical turn of mind:
Translations
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vagary

[ˈveɪgərɪ] N (= whim) → capricho m, antojo m; (= strange idea) → manía f, capricho m
the vagaries of lovelos caprichos del amor
the vagaries of the weatherlos caprichos del tiempo
it can't be left to the vagaries of chanceno se puede dejar al azar or en manos del azar

vagary

[ˈveɪgəri] ncaprice m
the vagaries of the weather → les caprices du temps

vagary

n usu plLaune f; (= strange idea)verrückter Einfall; the vagaries of lifedie Wechselfälle pldes Lebens

vagary

[ˈveɪgərɪ] n (usu pl) → capriccio
References in classic literature ?
But the strangest part of the affair is the effect of this vagary, even on a sober-minded man like myself.
It just crossed her mind, too, that he might have a faint recollection of his tender vagary, and was disinclined to allude to it from a conviction that she would take amatory advantage of the opportunity it gave her of appealing to him anew not to go.
Half fainting from pain and exhaustion, D'Arnot watched from beneath half-closed lids what seemed but the vagary of delirium, or some horrid nightmare from which he must soon awake.