Definition of vicissitude in English:

vicissitude

noun

  • 1usually vicissitudesA change of circumstances or fortune, typically one that is unwelcome or unpleasant.

    ‘her husband's sharp vicissitudes of fortune’
    • ‘If there's a common thread running through Payne's films it is a strong sardonic sense of humour through which characters embrace life's vicissitudes.’
    • ‘Yet the singer grew up watching what those did to her divorced parents, and has since seen her brother grappling with the vicissitudes of celebrity and fleeting chart success.’
    • ‘This was partly because, prior to these decades of vicissitudes, the early modern traditions were well established.’
    • ‘Their crass intrusion into these areas as the face of public authority claiming to protect women from the vicissitudes of interpersonal strife is destined to end in disaster.’
    • ‘This contrast underscores the insulation which the Indian economy had enjoyed from the vicissitudes of world capitalism.’
    • ‘If that isn't an antidote to the vicissitudes of life, then what is?’
    • ‘However, such were the vicissitudes of English fortunes that the link with wealth was far more complex than King and Defoe appeared to recognize.’
    • ‘Prevailing orthodoxy is that children are psychically frail creatures who require constant protection to cope with life's vicissitudes.’
    • ‘It is possible there may have been several vicissitudes of changes wrought upon the same part of the Earth.’
    • ‘Once again we see how the fortunes of modern European science intertwined with the vicissitudes of colonial expansion.’
    • ‘The concern for security was also a major point when I moved in three years ago (more on its vicissitudes later).’
    • ‘No matter what fate threw his way - war, the vicissitudes of commerce, the long arm of illness - Jim lived every day as if it were his last.’
    • ‘He is as sharp a chronicler of the vicissitudes of love as he ever was.’
    • ‘In any event, Malley began playing open stages, where crowds enthusiastically applauded her take on the vicissitudes of love.’
    • ‘Perhaps nothing can demonstrate the city's vicissitudes better than the changes of its landmarks.’
    • ‘Governments cannot protect citizens from all the circumstances and vicissitudes of life.’
    • ‘If they speak to women readers of their personal vicissitudes in a way that is helpful, if they offer incantations for women to use in time of trouble, so much the better.’
    • ‘He took refuge in booze and the beginnings of drug availability, and was headed, if not for catastrophe, at least for significant vicissitudes.’
    • ‘These are the vicissitudes of all life forms, including humans.’
    • ‘Mick seems typical of those noble people, the ethnic Irish in Britain, who retain a love of Ireland and face life's vicissitudes with a smile.’
    change, alteration, alternation, transformation, metamorphosis, transmutation, mutation, modification, transition, development, shift, switch, turn
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  • 2literary mass noun 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’.

Pronunciation

vicissitude

/vʌɪˈsɪsɪtjuːd//vɪˈsɪsɪtjuːd/