Pronunciation: \vih-SIS-ih-tood; -tyood\
Etymology: Vicissitude comes from Latin vicissitudo, from vicissim, in turn, probably from vices, changes.
1. Regular change or succession from one thing to another; alternation; mutual succession; interchange.
2. Irregular change; revolution; mutation.
3. A change in condition or fortune; an instance of mutability in life or nature (especially successive alternation from one condition to another).
"Max had rescued his father's gold watch through every vicissitude, but as it didn't go I took it to a watchmaker."
— Edith Anderson, Love in Exile: An American Writer's Memoir of Life in Divided Berlin
Thanks to Constant Comment for today's WOTD entry
Wednesday, September 3, 2008