Definition of vagary
: an erratic, unpredictable, or extravagant manifestation, action, or notion
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Examples of vagary in a Sentence
the vagaries of a rather eccentric, elderly lady
Recent Examples of vagary from the Web
Trump’s envisioning a Pittsburgh in which unemployed steelworkers and coal miners wander the streets under smoggy skies, begging for deliverance from the vagaries of the international economy.
Besides, the vagaries of climate modeling are secondary to the findings of the paper, Obradovich points out.
And the most vexing aspect from a data standpoint — dealing with the vagaries of any individual viewer’s Facebook photo library — showcases one of the risks of this sort of experimental project.
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Did You Know?
In the 16th century, if you "made a vagary" you took a wandering journey, or you figuratively wandered from a correct path by committing some minor offense. If you spoke or wrote vagaries, you wandered from a main subject. These senses hadn't strayed far from their origin, as vagary is probably based on Latin vagari, meaning "to wander." Indeed, in the 16th and 17th centuries there was even an English verb vagary that meant "to wander." Nowadays, the noun vagary is mostly used in its plural form, and vagaries have more to do with unpredictability than with wandering.
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