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Definitions of vagary

  1. an unexpected and inexplicable change in something (in a situation or a person's behavior, etc.); "the vagaries of the weather"; "his wealth fluctuates with the vagaries of the stock market"; "he has dealt with human vagaries for many years" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  2. Hence, a wandering of the thoughts; a wild or fanciful freak; a whim; a whimsical purpose. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. Extravagance; irresponsible dreaming; a freak of fancy; a whim. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. A mental extravagance; irresponaible dreaming; a freak of fancy; a whim. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  5. A wandering of the thoughts: a wild freak: a whim. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  6. A caprice; whim. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  7. A wild fancy; whim. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.

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Usage examples for vagary

  1. Almo has practically repeated the vagary he perpetrated at Hippo. – The Unwilling Vestal by Edward Lucas White
  2. No, he could not congratulate himself on his cleverness and wisdom; sheer accident had saved his skin- and once the complex and unaccountable vagary of a feminine mind had saved him from annihilation so utter that it slightly sickened him to remember his position in Ilse Dumont's stateroom as she lifted her pistol and coolly made good her boast as a dead- shot. – The Dark Star by Robert W. Chambers
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