Words I Love 46 – Vicissitude

New favourite word today…

vicissitude

vɪˈsɪsɪtjuːd,vʌɪ-/

noun

plural noun: vicissitudes
  1. 1.
    a change of circumstances or fortune, typically one that is unwelcome or unpleasant.
    “her husband’s sharp vicissitudes of fortune”
    synonyms: change, alteration, alternation, transformation, metamorphosis, transmutation, mutation, modification, transition, development, shift, switch, turn; More

    inconstancy, instability, uncertainty, unpredictability, chanciness, fickleness, variability, changeability, fluctuation, vacillation;
    ups and downs
    “he maintains his sunny disposition despite life’s vicissitudes”
  2. 2.
    literary
    alternation between opposite or contrasting things.
    “the vicissitude of the seasons”

Origin

early 17th century (in the sense ‘alternation’): from French, or from Latin vicissitudo, from vicissim ‘by turns’, from vic- ‘turn, change’.

 

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