What does the word vicissitude mean?

Usage examples for 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 by 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 by 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 by Jacqueline M. Overton