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a. A change or variation: an economy vulnerable to the vicissitudes of the oil market.
b. A usually unforeseen change in circumstance or experience that affects one's life, especially in a trying way: the vicissitudes of childhood. See Synonyms at difficulty.
2. The quality of being changeable; mutability: the vicissitude of fortune.
[Latin vicissitūdō, from vicissim, in turn, probably from vicēs, pl. of *vix, change; see weik- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. variation or mutability in nature or life, esp successive alternation from one condition or thing to another
2. a variation in circumstance, fortune, character, etc
[C16: from Latin vicissitūdō, from vicis change, alternation]
viˌcissiˈtudinary, viˌcissiˈtudinous adj
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vi•cis•si•tude(vɪˈsɪs ɪˌtud, -ˌtyud)
1. regular change or succession of one state or thing to another.
2. change or variation; mutation; mutability.
3. vicissitudes, successive or changing phases or conditions, as of life or fortune; ups and downs.
[1560–70; < Latin vicissitūdō=viciss(im) in turn + cessim giving way, adv. derivative of cēdere to go, proceed]
vi•cis`si•tu′di•nar`y (-nˌɛr i) vi•cis`si•tu′di•nous, adj.
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vicissitude- A sudden or unexpected change in life.
See also related terms for sudden.
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|Noun||1.||vicissitude - 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"|
|2.||vicissitude - mutability in life or nature (especially successive alternation from one condition to another)|
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