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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
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.
His goal isn’t so much stylistic consistency in his wines as to have them express the vagaries of the vintage.
But part of the answer, too, is in the very things that are meant, in theory, to transcend the vagaries of quotidian concerns: our art.
And with more than a century of drilling history, geologists are well tuned to the vagaries of the ocean bottom in the Gulf of Mexico.
In that way, the vans are meant to become more and more confident, not only in these particular routes but in the vagaries of human interaction generally.
Further, given the vagaries of the budgeting process, the question arises: would a balanced budget requirement be applied to the estimates of revenues and expenditures or the actual amounts?
That's how Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg got through Day 1 of testimony before Congress, essentially unscathed as lawmakers questioned him about the vagaries of his social network.
But taking on debt in later life, when the health of your nest egg (and, thus, your income) likely hinges on the vagaries of the markets, is almost always a bad idea.
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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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