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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
Thus the teenagers, already obliged at a young age to contemplate poverty and mortality, were also taught a lesson on the vagaries of the adult world.
Locke’s critique of global economics is both playful and ferocious, targeting colonial exploitation, IPOs and, by implication, the vagaries of the art marketplace.
All of this is proving hugely useful as Sanders prepares to play Christopher, the amateur sleuth who is far more comfortable with numerical equations than the vagaries of human behavior.
If Leimert Park overcomes its very conventional trappings through the specificity of its characters and its location, The Adulterers almost prides its on its vagary.
In his telling, it was nearly derailed by the vagaries of television: The director wanted to cut to commercial as deputies were preparing to break down a door.
The vagaries of plane travel are a heck of a lot more palatable with a killer carry-on in tow.
Debates about the possibility of a unified science, the dangerous vagaries of everyday language or the structures of mathematics and logic raged on for more than two decades.
The vagaries of Chinese regulations and an avaricious bureaucracy have already ensnared others, like Avon, once the top direct seller here.
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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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