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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
Because of the notorious acoustic vagaries of the Bob Carr Theater, at my seat the sound of soloist Ronald Gardiner’s cello only occasionally could be heard over the other players.
Some of the decline in closings of new condominium sales reflect the vagaries of construction schedules.
As the indecisive Kentucky weather is maybe finally deciding to get warm, there's more color popping out to greet you each morning from the one group that is built for the vagaries of our unpredictable spring — hellebores.
Certain kinds of teams are better suited to survive the vagaries of March.
This is an expedition with only a vague itinerary, bowing to the vagaries of weather and sea conditions in daily planning.
To ponder those first images — the perfect cut of the cinnamon infield dirt against the wide expanse of green that stretches wide, welcoming us in for a few hours of respite from the vagaries of life.
Considering the vagaries of a shootout in hockey, things could have easily gone the other way against the Canadians on Thursday, and the discussion of whether or not to go for it again would have carried a different tinge.
Ask a collector of any discipline about the vagaries of market valuation, and that person is likely to tell you that the truly unexpected windfalls are the product of oddball passion, not cagey speculation.
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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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