vicissitude

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French vicissitude, from Latin vicissitūdō (change), from vicissim (on the other hand, in turn), from vicis (change, vicissitude), whence Spanish vez and French fois (time (as in "next time"), occurrence).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK, US) IPA(key): [vɨˈsɪs.ɨˌt(j)u(ː)d], [vaɪˈsɪs.ɨˌt(j)u(ː)d][1]
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  • Hyphenation: vi‧cis‧si‧tude

Noun[edit]

vicissitude (plural vicissitudes)

  1. Regular change or succession from one thing to another, or one part of a cycle to the next; alternation; mutual succession; interchange.
    Synonym: (informal) ups and downs
  2. (often in the plural) A change, especially in one's life or fortunes.
    • 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost, vii, 351,
      And God made.. the Stars, and set them in the firmament of Heaven to illuminate the Earth, and rule the day in their vicissitude...
    • 1789, George Washington, First Inaugural Address
      Among the vicissitudes incident to life, no event could have filled me with greater anxieties than that of which the notification was transmitted by your order, and received on the fourteenth day of the present month.
    • 2003, "US redeployments afoot in Asia", Christian Science Monitor, Nov. 18, Pg. 6.,
      The vicissitudes of war in Iraq cast a dreary backdrop for Donald Rumsfeld's first visit to Asian military allies since he became US Defense Secretary in 2001.
    • 2005, Tony Judt, “Culture Wars”, in Postwar: A history of Europe since 1945, London: Vintage Books, published 2010, →ISBN:
      Engaged intellectuals were obliged to take a stand on the side of progress and History, whatever the occasional moral vicissitudes.

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French vicissitude.

Noun[edit]

vicissitude f (plural vicissitudes, diminutive vicissitudetje n)

  1. vicissitude

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Latin vicissitūdō.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

vicissitude f (plural vicissitudes)

  1. vicissitude

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Portuguese[edit]

Noun[edit]

vicissitude f (plural vicissitudes)

  1. vicissitude (regular change or succession from one thing to another)
  2. an unfortunate occurrence
    Synonyms: revés, infortúnio