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Coined by Samuel Beckett in the marginal notes of his plays.


vaguen (third-person singular simple present vaguens, present participle vaguening, simple past and past participle vaguened)

  1. To make or become more vague.
    • 1985, Renaissance Et Réforme - Volume 9, page 225:
      It is bothersome that Lanham, who as a student of rhetoric was one of the best at showing the complexities of rhetorical interclassification, overclassification, and misclassification, should offer such a dividing into vaguened twoness.
    • 1985, Paul Ramsey, The truth of value: a defense of moral and literary judgment, page 71:
      Note well, though, that in all the vanishings, beauty vanishes no more than the rest of the experienced world, so it won't serve to use half-and-vaguened versions of such analysis to dismiss beauty as subjective.
    • 1999, Maria M. Delgado, ‎Caridad Svich, Conducting a Life: Reflections on the Theatre of Maria Irene Fornes, page 12:
      Mud causes most critics to invoke Beckett, and like that master Fornes "vaguens" the setting of her elemental characters.
    • 2003, Gordon Scott Armstrong, Theatre and Consciousness: The Nature of Bio-evolutionary Complexity, →ISBN, page 41:
      To situate an image or a phrase on the boundaries of several interpretations — to "vaguen" the image — so the viewer/listener must work the consequences of the situation within neural maps of the cerebral cortex, is obviously a goal of any artist.
    • 2010, Chris Ackerley, Obscure Locks, Simple Keys, →ISBN:
      As both artists developed, their imagery vaguened.
    • 2011, Dirk van Hulle, The Making of Samuel Beckett's Stirrings Still / Soubresauts and Comment dire/what is the word, →ISBN:
      This increasing ambiguity fits in with Beckett's strategy to 'vaguen' his text, as Rosemary Pountney has demonstrated with reference to the theatre.






  1. Second-person plural (ustedes) imperative form of vagar.
  2. Second-person plural (ustedes) present subjunctive form of vagar.
  3. Third-person plural (ellos, ellas, also used with ustedes?) present subjunctive form of vagar.