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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Vicissitude \Vi*cis"si*tude\, n. [L. vicissitudo, fr. vicis
change, turn: cf. F. vicissitude. See Vicarious.]
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. (pl.) 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.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: a variation in circumstances or fortune at different times
in your life or in the development of something; "the
project was subject to the usual vicissitudes of
2: mutability in life or nature (especially successive
alternation from one condition to another)
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
81 Moby Thesaurus words for "vicissitude":
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,
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