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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
Then as now, the outdoor extravaganza was subject to the vagaries of the weather.
Unlike its rivals, BJ’s is not a national chain, operating 200 stores in 16 states, exposing more to the vagaries of regional economies and weather.
The vagaries of baseball make folly of the grandiose statement, but the National League West really does look like a four-team race to the finish.
While Google did warn Web developers of coming changes to Chrome autoplay back in September, McClure points out on Twitter that the WebAudio vagaries that affect game developers were only added to Google's documentation in February.
The vagaries of figure skating’s scoring system are perplexing to many, but there are ways for dance pairs to run up the score, racking up points with precise execution of technical elements.
CDs, money-market funds, Treasury bills and other short-term, liquid accounts are in large part about protecting one’s assets — often with a fixed return — rather than risking them on the vagaries of the stock and bond markets.
Fewer than 1 percent of Smith's 241 graduates this year were foreign-born, but students at the historically black university aren't immune from the vagaries of immigration law.
The outcomes of countless military campaigns have turned on the vagaries of the weather, from Napolean’s and Hitler’s attempts to conquer Russia to the defeat of the Spanish Armada.
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The Wandering History of vagary
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.
bee in one's bonnet;
Synonym Discussion of vagary
- by sheer caprice she quit her job
- an odd antique that was bought on a whim
- he had been prone to strange vagaries
- a serious scientist equally known for his bizarre crotchets
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