capricious


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ca·pri·cious

 (kə-prĭsh′əs, -prē′shəs)
adj.
Characterized by, arising from, or subject to caprice; impulsive or unpredictable: capricious decisions; capricious weather.

ca·pri′cious·ly adv.
ca·pri′cious·ness n.

capricious

(kəˈprɪʃəs)
adj
characterized by or liable to sudden unpredictable changes in attitude or behaviour; impulsive; fickle
caˈpriciously adv
caˈpriciousness n

ca•pri•cious

(kəˈprɪʃ əs, -ˈpri ʃəs)

adj.
1. subject to, led by, or indicative of caprice or whim; erratic; mercurial.
2. Obs. fanciful or witty.
[1585–95; < Italian capriccioso; see capriccio, -ous]
ca•pri′cious•ly, adv.
ca•pri′cious•ness, n.
syn: See fickle.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.capricious - changeable; "a capricious summer breeze"; "freakish weather"
unpredictable - not capable of being foretold
2.capricious - determined by chance or impulse or whim rather than by necessity or reason; "a capricious refusal"; "authoritarian rulers are frequently capricious"; "the victim of whimsical persecutions"
arbitrary - based on or subject to individual discretion or preference or sometimes impulse or caprice; "an arbitrary decision"; "the arbitrary rule of a dictator"; "an arbitrary penalty"; "of arbitrary size and shape"; "an arbitrary choice"; "arbitrary division of the group into halves"

capricious

capricious

adjective
1. Determined or marked by whim or caprice rather than reason:
Translations
هَوائِيٌّ، مُتَقَلِّبٌ، ذو نَزَوات
náladovározmarná
impulsivlunefuld
duttlungafullur
kaprislimaymun iştahlı

capricious

[kəˈprɪʃəs] ADJcaprichoso, antojadizo

capricious

[kæˈprɪʃəs] adjcapricieux/euse, fantasque

capricious

adjlaunisch, kapriziös (geh)

capricious

[kəˈprɪʃəs] adjcapriccioso/a

caprice

(kəˈpriːs) noun
1. an especially unreasonable sudden change of mind etc; a whim. I'm tired of the old man and his caprices.
2. a fanciful and lively piece of music etc.
capricious (kəˈpriʃəs) adjective
changeable. She may change her mind – she's very capricious.
caˈpriciously adverb
caˈpriciousness noun
References in classic literature ?
For machinery it is, doing its work in perfect silence and with a motionless grace, that seems to hide a capricious and not always governable power, taking nothing away from the material stores of the earth.
Tho' certainly nothing could to any reasonable Being, have appeared more satisfactory, than so gratefull a reply to her invitation, yet I know not how it was, but she was certainly capricious enough to be displeased with our behaviour and in a few weeks after, either to revenge our Conduct, or releive her own solitude, married a young and illiterate Fortune- hunter.
Late in the day they passed through the capricious channels of Hong Kong, and the Tankadere, impelled by favourable winds, conducted herself admirably.
With the highest admiration for Poe's genius, and a willingness to let it alone for more than ordinary irregularity, we were led by common report to expect a very capricious attention to his duties, and occasionally a scene of violence and difficulty.
Thou saidst the truth to her, that she is capricious for she imposeth conditions that man cannot fulfill, and delinquency is punished by desertion.
For however eagerly and impetuously the savage crew had hailed the announcement of his quest; yet all sailors of all sorts are more or less capricious and unreliable --they live in the varying outer weather, and they inhale its fickleness --and when retained for any object remote and blank in the pursuit, however promissory of life and passion in the end, it is above all things requisite that temporary interests and employment should intervene and hold them healthily suspended for the final dash.
I thought my quest had brought me into a strange old haunted forest, and that I had thrown myself down to rest at the gnarled mossy root of a great oak-tree, while all about me was nought but fantastic shapes and capricious groups of gold-green bole and bough, wondrous alleys ending in mysterious coverts, and green lanes of exquisite turf that seemed to have been laid down in expectation of some milk-white queen or goddess passing that way.
Their angular, capricious, and deeply indented coasts are rich in gulfs and peninsulas.
Oh, I am very sure that monsieur is not capricious," she said with a roguish smile.
We cannot tell where we may go; these animals can be very capricious.
Though his means were adequate to the needs of himself and his wife, he certainly had no money to waste; but now he was wantonly extravagant in the purchase of delicacies, out of season and dear, which might tempt Strickland's capricious appetite.
Those persons, indeed, who have passed any time behind the scenes of this great theatre, and are thoroughly acquainted not only with the several disguises which are there put on, but also with the fantastic and capricious behaviour of the Passions, who are the managers and directors of this theatre (for as to Reason, the patentee, he is known to be a very idle fellow and seldom to exert himself), may most probably have learned to understand the famous