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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
Whether due to the vagaries of SEC schedule rotation or for other reasons, Alabama and Georgia haven’t played a ton in football over the years.
Debt, financial uncertainty, the vagaries of nature, all play a role.
The vagaries of fate—and thus the spread of disease across the map—are represented by two decks of utter bastards in card form.
Organize’s deceased donor site tailors its registration forms to help users negotiate the vagaries of their state registries.
Farmer Sarah Bean, who opened Arctic Organics in Butte with her husband in 1989, says the new vagaries of climate come with hard lessons.
The technical vagaries of GDP calculation mean that rebuilding Houston may indeed result in a temporary uptick in the statistical growth rate.
The loan forgiveness program, like almost everything else in the federal student loan world, is confusing, bureaucratic and requires an almost super-human attention to the vagaries of the fine print.
Irma’s story may be one of a monster storm that could have been even worse and the maddening vagaries of storm forecasting.
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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.
Synonymsbee, caprice, crank, fancy, freak, humor, kink, maggot, megrim, notion, whim, vagrancy, whimsy (also whimsey)
Related Wordscapriciousness, fancifulness, fantasy (also phantasy), freakishness, impetuosity, whimsicality; conceit; concept, conception, image, impression, mind's eye, picture, thought; brainstorm, inspiration
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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