vicissitude

  • 1 vicissitude — [ visisityd ] n. f. • 1355; lat. vicissitudo 1 ♦ Vx Changement, succession. ⇒ instabilité. « Votre vie n a plus été qu une triste vicissitude de lumières et de ténèbres » (Massillon). 2 ♦ Littér. Au plur. Variations dues au changement. « la… …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 2 vicissitude — VICISSITUDE. s. f. Revolution, changement de choses qui se succedent les unes aux autres. La vicissitude des saisons. la vicissitude des choses humaines. il arrive de grandes vicissitudes dans les Estats de Roy. il devint esclave, voila un grand… …

    Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • 3 Vicissitude — Vi*cis si*tude, n. [L. vicissitudo, fr. vicis change, turn: cf. F. vicissitude. See {Vicarious}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Regular change or succession from one thing to another; alternation; mutual succession; interchange. [1913 Webster] God made two… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 vicissitude — (n.) 1560s, from M.Fr. vicissitude (14c.), from L. vicissitudinem (nom. vicissitudo) change, from vicissim changeably, in turn, from vicis a turn, change (see VICARIOUS (Cf. vicarious)). Related: Vicissitudes …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 vicissitude — [vi sis′ə to͞od΄, vi sis′ətyo͞od΄] n. [Fr < L vicissitudo < * vix, a turn, change: see VICAR] 1. a) a condition of constant change or alternation, as a natural process; mutability [the vicissitude of the sea] b) regular succession or… …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 vicissitude — s. f. 1. Mudança ou diversidade de coisas que se sucedem. 2. Alternativa, variação. 3. Revés. 4. Eventualidade, acaso …

    Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • 7 vicissitude — 1 *change, alternation, mutation, permutation Analogous words: turning, rotation, revolving or revolution (see corresponding verbs at TURN): reversal, transposition (see corresponding verbs at REVERSE): *succession, progression, sequence, series …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 vicissitude — [n] change about face*, alteration, alternation, diversity, flip flop*, fluctuation, innovation, mid course correction*, mutability, mutation, novelty, permutation, progression, reversal, revolution, shift, sport, switch, switchover,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 9 vicissitude — (vi si ssi tu d ) s. f. 1°   Changement de choses qui se succèdent. •   Cette vicissitude continuelle qui fait la beauté de l univers, MALEBR. Recher. vér. Éclairc. l. VI, t. IV, p. 280, dans POUGENS.. •   Méditons, méditons, fidèles, cette… …

    Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • 10 VICISSITUDE — s. f. Révolution, changement de choses qui se succèdent les unes aux autres. La vicissitude des saisons. Sa vie est une vicissitude continuelle de repos et de travail, de plaisirs et de peines, de sagesse et de folie, etc.   Il signifie aussi, L… …

    Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • 11 VICISSITUDE — n. f. Révolution, changement par lequel des choses différentes se succèdent les unes aux autres. La vicissitude des saisons. Sa vie est une vicissitude continuelle de repos et de travail, de plaisirs et de peines, de sagesse et de jolie. Il… …

    Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • 12 vicissitude — noun /vɪˈsɪsɪˌtud/ a) Regular change or succession from one thing to another, or one part of a cycle to the next; alternation; mutual succession; interchange. And God made.. the Stars, and set them in the firmament of Heaven to illuminate the… …

    Wiktionary

  • 13 vicissitude — noun the vicissitude of our love Syn: change, alteration, shift, reversal, twist, turn, downturn, variation; inconstancy, instability, uncertainty, chanciness, unpredictability, fickleness, variability, changeability, fluctuation, vacillation; …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 14 vicissitude — n. 1 a change of circumstances, esp. variation of fortune. 2 archaic or poet. regular change; alternation. Derivatives: vicissitudinous adj. Etymology: F vicissitude or L vicissitudo dinis f. vicissim by turns (as VICE(3)) …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 15 vicissitude — noun Etymology: Middle French, from Latin vicissitudo, from vicissim in turn, from vicis change, alternation more at week Date: circa 1576 1. a. the quality or state of being changeable ; mutability b. natural change or mutation visible in nature …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 16 vicissitude — vicissitudinous, adj. /vi sis i toohd , tyoohd /, n. 1. a change or variation occurring in the course of something. 2. interchange or alternation, as of states or things. 3. vicissitudes, successive, alternating, or changing phases or conditions …

    Universalium

  • 17 vicissitude — Synonyms and related words: adverse circumstances, adversity, affliction, aggravation, alteration, alternation, annoyance, asperity, blight, bummer, care, chain of circumstances, chain reaction, change, changeability, changes, chapter of… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 18 vicissitude — n. the vicissitudes of life * * * [vɪ sɪsɪtjuːd] the vicissitudes of life …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 19 vicissitude — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. change; change of fortunes; fluctuation. II (Roget s IV) n. Syn. mutability, uncertainty, alteration, difficulty; see change 2 . See Synonym Study at difficulty . III (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 20 vicissitude — see VICAR …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins