Vicissitude

Definition of Vicissitude

Vi`cis´si`tude
n.1.
1.Regular change or succession from one thing to another; alternation; mutual succession; interchange.
God made two great lights . . .
To illuminate the earth and rule the day
In their vicissitude, and rule the night.
- Milton.
2.Irregular change; revolution; mutation.
3.Changing conditions of fortune in one's life; life's ups and downs.
This man had, after many vicissitudes of fortune, sunk at last into abject and hopeless poverty.
- Macaulay.

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adverse circumstances, adversity, affliction, aggravation, alteration, alternation, annoyance, asperity, blight, bummer, care, chain of circumstances, chain reaction, change, changeability, changes, chapter of accidents, chop and change, concatenation of events, contrasts, cross, curse, difficulties, difficulty, diversity, downer, feast and famine, fluctuation, flukiness, flux, hard knocks, hard life, hard lot, hardcase, hardness, hardship, inconstancy, innovation, ins and outs, irritation, mischance, misfortune, mutability, mutation, novelty, oscillation, pendulation, permutation, plight, predicament, pressure, progression, reversal, rigor, sea of troubles, seesawing, shifting, shuffling, sport, stress, stress of life, teeter-tottering, teetering, tottering, transposition, trial, tribulation, trouble, troubles, unpredictability, ups and downs, vacillation, vale of tears, variability, variation, variations, variety, vicious circle, vicissitudes, vicissitudes of fortune, wavering
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