- Vicissitude is an unpredictable change in your luck or circumstances.
An example of vicissitude is when you have a great job but then you lose your great job.
- a condition of constant change or alternation, as a natural process; mutability: the vicissitude of the sea
- regular succession or alternation, as of night and day
- unpredictable changes or variations that keep occurring in life, fortune, etc.; shifting circumstances; ups and downs
- a difficulty that is likely to occur, esp. one that is inherent in a situation
Origin: Fr from Classical Latin vicissitudo from an unverified form vix, a turn, change: see vicar
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- a. A change or variation.b. The quality of being changeable; mutability.
- One of the sudden or unexpected changes or shifts often encountered in one's life, activities, or surroundings. Often used in the plural. See Synonyms at difficulty.
Origin: Latin vicissitūdō, from vicissim, in turn, probably from vicēs, pl. of *vix, change; see weik-2 in Indo-European roots.