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
- [pl.] 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 of vicissitudeFrench from Classical Latin vicissitudo from an unverified form vix, a turn, change: see vicar
- 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.
- The quality of being changeable; mutability: the vicissitude of fortune.
Origin of vicissitudeLatin vicissitūdō from vicissim in turn probably from vicēs pl. of vix change ; see weik-2 in Indo-European roots.
- Regular change or succession from one thing to another, or one part of a cycle to the next; alternation; mutual succession; interchange.
- (often in the plural) a change, especially in one's life or fortunes.