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Word: vicissitude

Definition: change (esp. from good to bad); change of fortune; CF. the last emperor of China


Sentences Containing 'vicissitude'

But the added power of the boat did not equal the added power of the whale, for he seemed to have treble-banked his every fin; swimming with a velocity which plainly showed, that if now, under these circumstances, pushed on, the chase would prove an indefinitely prolonged, if not a hopeless one; nor could any crew endure for so long a period, such an unintermitted, intense straining at the oar; a thing barely tolerable only in some one brief vicissitude.
How else, as the Moon waxes and wanes, as the Sun approaches and recedes, can it be that such vicissitude and alternation is seen in earthly things?

More Vocab Words

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::: catechism - book for religious instruction in question-and-answer form; religious instruction by question and answer; V. catechize
::: nausea - feeling of sickness and desire to vomit; disgust; CF. seasickness
::: benefactor - gift giver; patron; person who does good or who gives money for a good purpose
::: trite - hackneyed; commonplace
::: marginal - of a margin; barely within a limit; Ex. marginal effect/writing ability
::: hover - hang about; (of birds or aircraft) stay in the air in one place; (of people) wait nearby; stay around one place; waver; be in an uncertain state
::: ineffectual - not effective; not having a desired effect; weak
::: transcribe - copy; write a copy of; N. transcription