Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Word of the Day


Pronunciation: \vih-SIS-ih-tood; -tyood\
Function: noun
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

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