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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

::: restive - impatiently restless (induced by external coercion or restriction); restlessly impatient; obstinately resisting control; Ex. restive horses because of wolves; CF. not a general synonym for `restless'
::: voracious - ravenous; eating large quantities of food; exceedingly eager; insatiable; Ex. voracious animal/reader
::: ingenue - ing\'enue; young innocent girl
::: graze - (of an animal) feed on growing grass; cause (an animal) to feed on grass; scrape (esp. the skin) or touch lightly in passing; brush; Ex. We can't graze the cattle till summer; N: surface wound
::: reciprocal - mutual; given and received in return; exchangeable; interacting; Ex. reciprocal trade agreement
::: revert - relapse; backslide; turn back to; return to the former owner; N. reversion
::: isthmus - narrow neck of land connecting two larger bodies of land
::: etymology - study of word parts; study of the origins of words
::: centripetal - tending toward the center
::: predilection - preference; partiality