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English definition of “vicissitudes”

vicissitudes

noun [plural] uk   /vɪˈsɪs.ɪ.tjuːdz/ us    /-tuːdz/ formal
changes that happen at different times during the life or development of someone or something, especially those that result in conditions being worse: Losing your job is just one of the vicissitudes of life.
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