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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Vicissitude  \Vi*cis"si*tude\,  n.  [L.  vicissitudo,  fr  vicis 
  change,  turn:  cf  F.  vicissitude.  See  {Vicarious}.] 
  1.  Regular  change  or  succession  from  one  thing  to  another; 
  alternation;  mutual  succession;  interchange. 
  God  made  two  great  lights  .  .  .  To  illuminate  the 
  earth  and  rule  the  day  In  their  vicissitude,  and 
  rule  the  night.  --Milton. 
  2.  Irregular  change;  revolution;  mutation. 
  This  man  had  after  many  vicissitudes  of  fortune, 
  sunk  at  last  into  abject  and  hopeless  poverty. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  a  variation  in  circumstances  or  fortune  at  different  times 
  in  your  life  or  in  the  development  of  something  "the 
  project  was  subject  to  the  usual  vicissitudes  of 
  exploratory  research" 
  2:  mutability  in  life  or  nature  (especially  successive 
  alternation  from  one  condition  to  another) 

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