vicissitude

Definition: A change or variation; alternation

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The Scarlet Letter - By Nathaniel Hawthorne, Joseph Hatton
...For upwards of twenty years before this epoch, the independent position of the Collector had kept the Salem Custom-House out of the whirlpool of political vicissitude, which makes the tenure of office generally so fragile ....
The House of the Seven Gables - By Nathaniel Hawthorne
...Time, the continual vicissitude of circumstances, and the invariable inopportunity of death, render it impossible ....
The Last Days of Pompeii - By Edward Bulwer Lytton Lytton
...And then these bold and fervent men, nursed in vicissitude, beaten by the rough winds of life--men of mailed and impervious fortitude, ready to affront a world, prepared for torment and armed for death--men, who presented all imagined contrast to the weak nerves, the light hearts, the tender fragility of childhood; crowded round the infants, smoothing their rugged brows, and composing their bearded lips to kindly and fostering smiles : and then the old man opened the scroll, and he taught the infants to repeat after him that beautiful prayer, which we still dedicate to the Lord, and still teach to our children; and then he told them, in simple phrase, of God 's love to the young, and how not a sparrow falls but his eye sees it ....
The Works of William Makepeace Thackeray - By William Makepeace Thackeray, Anthony Trollope
...... But Miss Vanhomrigh, irritated at the situation in which she found herself, determined on bringing to a crisis those expectations of a union with the object of her affections--to the hope of which she had clung amid every vicissitude of his conduct towards her ....
History of Prose Fiction - By John Colin Dunlop, Henry Wilson
...It displays little variety, except what arises from the vicissitude of the seasons ....
White-jacket; or, the world in a man-of-war - By Herman Melville
...Hitherto, in going about the ship, and casting his glances among the men, the peculiarly lustreless repose of the Captain 's eye--his slow, even, unnecessarily methodical step, and the forced firmness of his whole demeanor--though, to a casual observer, seemingly expressive of the consciousness of command and a desire to strike subjection among the crew--all this, to some minds, had only been deemed indications of the fact that Captain Claret, while carefully shunning positive excesses, continually kept himself in an uncertain equilibrio between soberness and its reverse; which equilibrio might be destroyed by the first sharp vicissitude of events ....
My Literary Passions, Criticism and Fiction - By William Dean Howells
...In his view no living man is a type, but a character; now noble, now ignoble; now grand, now little; complex, full of vicissitude ....
The King, the Kaiser and Irish Freedom - By James K. McGuire
...`` Austria-Hungary 's national wealth is prepared to meet all and every vicissitude that this war may bring ....
Men and Events of Forty Years - By Josiah Busnell Grinnell, Henry W. Parker
...It was a touching historic picture of human vicissitude, while the devotion of a Davenport is a tribute to his manly heart ....
The Flame of Life - By Gabriele D'annunzio
...The great metamorphosis of the Dionysian rite, the frenzy of the sacred festival converted into the creative enthusiasm of the tragedian, seemed figured by that musical vicissitude ....
The Inheritors - By Joseph Conrad, Ford Madox Ford, F. M. Hueffer
...He had an appropriate attitude for every vicissitude of his life ....
Criticism and Fiction - By William Dean Howells
...In his view no living man is a type, but a character; now noble, now ignoble; now grand, now little; compl : x, full of vicissitude ....
Romances of Roguery - By Frank Wadleigh Chandler
...Alonso, the gossiping lay-brother, the servant of many masters, as the story styles him, goes through a range of similar vicissitude with no more reason ....
The Web of Time - By Robert E. Knowles
...The significance of the hour and the animation of the scene united to create a sort of chastened mirthfulness, brimming with dignity and hope, yet still revealing how seriously she recognized the vicissitude time had brought, how well she knew the import of the change already at the door ....