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Definition an unexpected and inexplicable change in something (in a situation or a person's behavior, etc.)
  • She had never been one to worry long over the vagaries of human conduct or to be cast down for long if one line of action failed.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • Everybody was essentially himself—was riotously busy fulfilling the vagaries of human nature.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • The vagaries of the digestive tract have no rhyme or reason.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • After Jake's death they had talked a good deal about the vagaries of justice, and what might cause a pleasant man to go bad.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • The vagaries of popular trends?
    Meg Cabot  --  Queen of Babble
  • He knew these sand-storms were but vagaries of the desert-wind.
    Zane Grey  --  The Heritage of the Desert
  • "A strange vagary, this of hers, isn't it, Oak?" said Coggan, curiously.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • In religion he could be, as long as it suited him, the facile echo of Dorothea's vagaries.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • There was a madman in Seville who took to one of the drollest absurdities and vagaries that ever madman in the world gave way to.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Sunday passed with equal doubts, worries, assurances, and heaven knows what vagaries of mind and spirit.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • The rest of the time he is much more concerned with sack time, the vagaries of sergeants, and the chances of wheedling the cook between meals.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • And more—is his feeling but the vagary of a sensitive boy, or has it the seasoning of suffering manhood to give it endurance?
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • Surely you do not mean to persist in that mulish vagary?
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • As Sullivan saw it, "Burnham came out of his somnambulistic vagary and joined in.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • But the strangest part of the affair is the effect of this vagary, even on a sober-minded man like myself.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Minister's Black Veil
  • A vagary of nature, wherein she has displayed less of her infinite wisdom than is usual.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • CHAPTER VIII Sometimes I think Wolf Larsen mad, or half-mad at least, what of his strange moods and vagaries.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • He held the knife in his hand, and pushed its point between my teeth: but, for my part, I was never much afraid of his vagaries.
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Life and love have such strange vagaries.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • After a string of conventional vagaries, Pilar Ternera predicted: "You will not be happy as long as your parents remain unburied."
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude

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