Vicissitude meaning

vĭ-sĭs'ĭ-to͝od', -tyo͝od'
The quality of being changeable; mutability.

The vicissitude of fortune.

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Unpredictable changes or variations that keep occurring in life, fortune, etc.; shifting circumstances; ups and downs.
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A difficulty that is likely to occur, esp. one that is inherent in a situation.
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Regular change or succession from one thing to another, or one part of a cycle to the next; alternation; mutual succession; interchange.
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(often in the plural) A change, especially in one's life or fortunes.
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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.

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Origin of vicissitude

  • Latin vicissitūdō from vicissim in turn probably from vicēs pl. of vix change weik-2 in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Latin vicissitudo (“change"), from vicissim (“on the other hand, in turn"), from vicis (“change, vicissitude"), whence Spanish vez and French fois (“time (as in next time), occurrence").
    From Wiktionary