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Below you will find the definition of vagary, followed by 34 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(noun) - an unexpected and inexplicable change in something (in a situation or a person's behavior, etc.)
EXAMPLES - Vagary in a Sentence
- Tara nodded, willing to accept that vagary for now. (source)
- After all, what is destiny but the vagary of chance? (source)
- It seemed, to her inexperience, a comical vagary of the imagination. (source)
- Surely M. du Chaillu must have been deceived by some vagary of nature. (source)
- Putting a stop to such vagary is what the new definitions are all about. (source)
- Like a wisp of smoke so thin that the slightest vagary of wind could blow it away. (source)
- Majority of the women have turned to vagary and prostitution as the only way to survive. (source)
- "I should have thought your shape would beer -- exactly right for any vagary of fashion." (source)
- Obama offers the best chance today for change, and I'm not using the word as a deliberate vagary: (source)
- I have already anticipated your story, and represented it as the vagary of a disordered intellect. (source)
- It would be set down as the vagary of a disordered brain; nobody would entertain it for an instant. (source)
- Every vagary of sunlight dappling across her sumptuous breasts registered spiky and vibrant on his retina. (source)
- Now, maybe we'll get some more background on Holly in future issues, but for a first issue, that sort of vagary sticks out. (source)
- They had to wait suspended until a vagary of the weather caused a new layer of clouds to form beneath them, hiding the ocean. (source)
- And then came the day when my socialism grew respectable, -- still a vagary of youth, it was held, but romantically respectable. (source)
- Nobody seems interested in destroying, once and for all, the vicious circle in which this "vagary" of international fraud entraps us. (source)
- Here some vagary of mind seems to have bewildered you; for your tracks go round and round, and interchange each other without visible reason. (source)
- It may cause some surprise to learn that, now her vagary was over, she showed herself to be an excellent person with much common sense, and even (source)
- My view is that "mass democracy" is as much a contradiction in terms as was Hitler's "national socialism," but let it pass as an anarchist vagary. (source)
- The next vagary he engaged in was making all the three inmates of the hut dance jigs, he himself repeatedly quickening their steps by lashing them upon the legs. (source)
- Mr. Draper should not think the kind of remark Roosevelt made to Churchill in the March 18, 1942 letter was a simple vagary, the thought gone after the utterance. (source)
- For a moment I was submerged, and then a vagary of the Titan that had seized me brought my head above the water, and I saw the Sofal rolling and pitching fifty feet away. (source)
- Stanhope away from even that door in his pursuit of her signature -- considered the vagary life had become for her, it was so whimsical, and the mystery of her secret which was so solely hers. (source)
- There were no tracks, yet he was almost certain that the disturbance had been recent and made by the passage of something moving with a purpose-not just the result of a vagary of the night wind. (source)
- Eventually he relaxed, telling himself that if the giant discovered anything unusual about the ship, he would probably ascribe it to some vagary or peculiarity of the firm which had constructed it. (source)
- A vagary of the storm-threatening clouds caused a rent somewhere in the churning sky and a leprous shaft of sunlight, yellow and misted, slanted down to shine on the highway beside Gemioncourt farm. (source)
- Given the perpetual fear/reward roller coaster of his world, Cheswick has committed his real but misguided passion to a fight which, by virtue of its vagary and volatility, can only end in his defeat. (source)
- We all die in some manner or another, but an act of human will, of intentionality, a choice by one person to harm another, is not the same as an act - or accident - of nature or a cruel vagary of fate. (source)
- The guns fired a last volley before the charge reached the squares, and this time a vagary of the shifting smoke let Sharpe see a group of charging horsemen blown apart like crops struck by a monstrous scythe. (source)
- In the bourgeois mind socialism has changed from a terrible disease to a youthful vagary, and later on had its thunder stolen by the two old parties, -- socialism, like a meek and thrifty workingman, being exploited became respectable. (source)
- But perhaps the most extraordinary vagary is the Yankee notion that service is degrading; the consequence of which is that you very rarely see a Yankee servant; and if by chance you find one on a farm, he insists on living and eating with the overseer. (source)
- The enemy retreated from Williams's reserve who now threatened to take back the whole lower part of the village, but then a vagary of wind swirled away a patch of dust and gunsmoke and Sharpe saw a whole new wave of French attackers swarming over the gardens and walls on the stream's eastern bank. (source)
- Pasamonte, who was anything but meek (being by this time thoroughly convinced that Don Quixote was not quite right in his head as he had committed such a vagary as to set them free), finding himself abused in this fashion, gave the wink to his companions, and falling back they began to shower stones on Don (source)
- On the flip side of the coin, I've had that sort of "old school" GMing in it's most asshat-like form - the GM who gives you NOTHING unless you feed him EXACTLY the right sort of question or description, and uses the slightest vagary or slip-up in your communication with him as a means to stick it to you sideways at the first opportunity. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 34 example sentences provided below is 54.0, which suggests that "vagary" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 12 synonyms for vagary.
crotchet, fancy, fool notion, humor, idea, impulse, inconsistency, inconstancy, notion, quirk, whim, whimsy
We have 0 antonyms for vagary.
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
Pronunciation: (vāˈgə-rē, və-gârˈē)
View up to 25 definitions of vagary from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (noun) An extravagant or erratic notion or action.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) An erratic notion or action.
- (noun) An impulsive or illogical desire; a caprice.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) A wandering or strolling.
- (noun) Hence, a wandering of the thoughts; a wild or fanciful freak; a whim; a whimsical purpose.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) To gad; range.
- (noun) A wandering or strolling.
- (noun) A wandering of the thoughts; a wild freak; a whim; a whimsical purpose.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (noun) an unexpected and inexplicable change in something (in a situation or a person's behavior, etc.)