Variant of vicissitude
- 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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