vagary

[ vuh-gair-ee, vey-guh-ree ]SEE DEFINITION OF vagary
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR VAGARY

How near they would pass depended on the vagary of the waves and the tide.

The storm still raged, and she thought it was a vagary of the lightning.

What vagary had sent a girl who looked like this upon such a task!

If we could civilize our schools, we should have no mention of legislation by vagary.

So, Stephen, after a lifetime of vagary and wandering, this is the result.

They longed for a vagary into the country, and now they are fitted.

Now all the weird fancies of the night had been just a vagary of mind.

He was ready for any illusion, susceptible to any vagary of the imagination.

In this particular case, however, Bertram's vagary of fancy had some excuse.

But such is the vagary of the human mind, that safety was the least of his thoughts.

WORD ORIGIN

1570s, "a wandering, a roaming journey," probably from Latin vagari "to wander, roam, be unsettled, spread abroad," from vagus "roving, wandering" (see vague). Current meaning of "eccentric notion or conduct" (1620s) is from notion of mental wandering. Related: Vagaries.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR VAGARY

caprice

nounsudden change of behavior
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