Part of speech: noun

A change, as of fortune; mutation.

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Usage examples "vicissitude":

  1. Remarkable experiences are usually confined to the inner life of imaginative men, but Mr. Poe's biography displays a vicissitude and peculiarity of interest such as is rarely met with. - "The Function Of The Poet And Other Essays", James Russell Lowell.
  2. Conscious that he was perhaps verging on some painful vicissitude of his life, he devoted himself to a love that seemed hopeless, and to a fame that was perhaps a dream. - "Coningsby", Benjamin Disraeli.
  3. It is a strange vicissitude from the Savile Club to this; I sleep with a man from Pennsylvania who has been in the Navy Yard, and mess with him and the Missouri bird already alluded to. - "The Life of Robert Louis Stevenson for Boys and Girls", Jacqueline M. Overton.