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vicissitude

vi·cis·si·tude

vicissitude

 
pronunciation:
vih sI sih tud
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: (usu. pl.) unexpected and unforeseeable changes or shifts, as in one's circumstances.
One can make plans and take certain precautions, but it's simply not possible to prepare for all the vicissitudes of life.
similar words:
caprice, fluctuation, fortunes, inconstancy, twists, uncertainty, unpredictability, vagary
definition 2: a change, variation, or alternation of states or things during a course of time, often a lifetime.
similar words:
alternation, change, shifting, variation
definition 3: change or changeability.
synonyms:
change, changeability
similar words:
alteration, inconstancy, instability, mutability, mutation, transformation, variation
derivation: vicissitudinous (adj.)
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