• A change of circumstances or fortune, typically one that is unwelcome or unpleasant.
  • Alternation between opposite or contrasting things.

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Example Sentences

“No one can escape the vicissitudes of life, and we all must adapt to the changes they bring.”

“Every region of the country has vicissitudes in weather that must be planned for in different ways.”

“Plants and animals are continually going through states of vicissitude and entering new stages of growth.”

Word Origin

Latin, early 17th century

Why this word?

“Vicissitude” is a word with many slightly different variations, but they mean basically the same thing: change. The word can have a negative connotation, referring to the vicissitudes of life, such as death, illness, and hardship. Or it can be used simply to describe slight changes in the state of something over time. Whenever you want to describe fluctuations in life or nature, use “vicissitude.”

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