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Definition changes — especially unanticipated difficulties
  • the project was subject to the usual vicissitudes of exploratory research
vicissitudes = changes — especially unanticipated difficulties
  • Jack stood there, streaming with sweat, streaked with brown earth, stained by all the vicissitudes of a day's hunting.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • vicissitudes = unanticipated difficulties
  • He was soon in trouble again, and, over the years, experienced many vicissitudes.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • The vicissitudes of the human mind had not yet been exhausted by her.
    Jane Austen  --  Mansfield Park
  • Chapter XXI — Interesting and Instructive Vicissitudes of a Persian in the Cellars of the Opera.
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Phantom of the Opera
  • Not long after this, Jurgis, wearying of the risks and vicissitudes of miscellaneous crime, was moved to give up the career for that of a politician.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • He was stirred by recollections of his countrymen, their triumphs and vicissitudes, their history the history of God.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • He was tough as an antique ivory figurine which has withstood the vicissitudes of centuries, and can accept more.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • "Life is full of vicissitudes," I replied.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Nine Princes in Amber
  • The vicissitudes of her life had caused her to keep her feelings for others in check: It was dangerous to care for people; inevitably, you got hurt.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • Strange vicissitudes have met these whilom masters.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • The English poet said it best: There were more preposterous vicissitudes in life than a single philosophy could conjure.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • CHAPTER XXV THE NEW ACQUAINTANCE DESCRIBED Idiosyncrasy and vicissitude had combined to stamp Sergeant Troy as an exceptional being.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Certainly not with the vicissitudes of human beings.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • Now smiling hope, with sweet vicissitude, Within the hero's mind his joys renew'd.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • Only the vicissitudes of life can show us its vanity and develop our innate love of death or of rebirth to a new life.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • These delicate qualities have survived his vicissitudes, eh?
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • All that belongs to the existence of the human race taken as a whole, to its vicissitudes and to its future, becomes an abundant mine of poetry.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • The intervals of foreign war were filled up by domestic vicissitudes convulsions, and carnage.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • The contrary is shown in the vicissitudes and fate of the republic.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2

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