[ UK /vˈe‍ɪɡəɹˌi/ ]
[ US /ˈveɪɡɝi/ ]
  1. an unexpected and inexplicable change in something (in a situation or a person's behavior, etc.)
    he has dealt with human vagaries for many years
    the vagaries of the weather
    his wealth fluctuates with the vagaries of the stock market
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How To Use vagary In A Sentence

  • This vagary makes me uncomfortable, because politicians have a long history of making stupid decisions about gray areas.
  • Nobody seems interested in destroying, once and for all, the vicious circle in which this "vagary" of international fraud entraps us. January 2006
  • His surname changes to Peyten and then Peyton, which is the vagary of the census-taker, not John. John
  • He can call them “simple” tests, but this kind of vagary is far from simple to implement into a budget. 2009 January 18 « Unambiguously Ambidextrous
  • He was masterful and imaginative, but his masterfulness tended to ungenerousness and his imagination to vagary and mischievous exaggeration.
  • The style of vagary and ghastfulness and the sense of mystery are full of thestory of Allan.
  • 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. Steven Weber: Tea Party in a Cuckoo's Nest
  • He complained that the colonel starves his works out of whimsicalness and frugality, endeavouring to do every thing with his own people, and at the same time taking them off upon every vagary that comes into his head. The Westover Manuscripts: Containing the History of the Dividing Line Betwixt Virginia and North Carolina; A Journey to the Land of Eden, A. D. 1733; and A Progress to the Mines. Written from 1728 to 1736, and Now First Published
  • For there is no such thing as a naturally occurring "vagary" that we cannot tackle effectively with the fund of techniques to which all societies and all generations have contributed. January 2006
  • ‘Good afternoon, ladies’, he smarmed, cleansing his throat abruptly, cruising towards the startled snippets of feminine vagary with an outstretched, sinuous hand and an all too courtly demeanour.
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