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vertiginous (vɜːˈtɪdʒɪnəs Pronunciation for vertiginous



  1. of, relating to, or having vertigo
  2. producing dizziness
  3. whirling
  4. changeable; unstable

Derived Forms

verˈtiginously adverb
verˈtiginousness noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin vertīginōsus, from vertigo

Example Sentences Including 'vertiginous'

And it still has vertiginous steps down from the pavement level that threaten to catapult you headfirst into the basement.
Times, Sunday Times (2004)
But the last four days had seen such a vertiginous descent into frailty that he had no reserves of energy left.
Clive Barker GALILEE (2001)
However, to infer that the vertiginous drop in currency values translates into large improvements in Asia's competitiveness is absurd.
Business Today (1998)
It's been a head-spinning year in Quebec politics, and that's in a place accustomed to vertiginous twirls at the National Assembly.
Ottawa Sun (2003)
Paula leaned out over the vertiginous wavering of rocks and sea.
Curzon, Clare The Quest for K
She felt the vertiginous pull, as familiar to her as the desire to succumb to momentary madness and to make the leap herself.
Mark Burnell CHAMELEON (2002)
The big test was always going to be the Mahler, with its exposed solos and its vertiginous twists and turns of mood and tempo.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
This book does have a vertiginous fascination, but is definitely only for serious sufferers of word nostomania.
Courier, Sunday Mail (2005)
Two days of risky and vertiginous attempts to fix the rig finally convinced even the tireless Wally that it was irreparable at sea.
David Lewis SHAPES ON THE WIND (2001)


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