inconstancy


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in·con·stan·cy

 (ĭn-kŏn′stən-sē)
n. pl. in·con·stan·cies
1. The state or quality of being eccentrically variable or fickle.
2. An instance of being eccentrically variable or fickle.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.inconstancy - unfaithfulness by virtue of being unreliable or treacherous
infidelity, unfaithfulness - the quality of being unfaithful
2.inconstancy - the quality of being changeable and variable
changeability, changeableness - the quality of being changeable; having a marked tendency to change; "the changeableness of the weather"
capriciousness, unpredictability - the quality of being guided by sudden unpredictable impulses
constancy, stability - the quality of being enduring and free from change or variation; "early mariners relied on the constancy of the trade winds"
Translations

inconstancy

[ɪnˈkɒnstənsɪ] Ninconstancia f, veleidad f

inconstancy

n (of friend)Unbeständigkeit f, → Wankelmut m; (of lover)Unstetigkeit f, → Wankelmut m; (of weather, quality)Veränderlichkeit f

inconstancy

[ɪnˈkɒnstnsɪ] nincostanza
References in classic literature ?
It did appearthere was no concealing itexactly like the pretence of being in love with her, instead of Harriet; an inconstancy, if real, the most contemptible and abominable
Are those who have been disappointed in their first choice, whether from the inconstancy of its object, or the perverseness of circumstances, to be equally indifferent during the rest of their lives?
I enjoyed perfect health of body, and tranquillity of mind; I did not feel the treachery or inconstancy of a friend, nor the injuries of a secret or open enemy.
I follow another, easier, and to my mind wiser course, and that is to rail at the frivolity of women, at their inconstancy, their double dealing, their broken promises, their unkept pledges, and in short the want of reflection they show in fixing their affections and inclinations.
Thus I perceived that doubt, inconstancy, sadness, and such like, could not be found in God, since I myself would have been happy to be free from them.
But this objection will have little weight with those who can properly estimate the mischiefs of that inconstancy and mutability in the laws, which form the greatest blemish in the character and genius of our governments.
Yes, I will not deny it, I do await, and I do love him of whom you speak; and, if he does not return, instead of accusing him of the inconstancy which you insinuate, I will tell you that he died loving me and me only.
A peculiar evil of these confidential friendships is, that they are most liable to occur, when, from their youth, their victims are the least guarded; and, at the same time, from inconstancy, the most liable to change.
He was entangled by his own vanity, with as little excuse of love as possible, and without the smallest inconstancy of mind towards her cousin.
You accused us, perhaps, of inconstancy of bad faith.
If I had such a memory as Benwick, I could bring you fifty quotations in a moment on my side the argument, and I do not think I ever opened a book in my life which had not something to say upon woman's inconstancy.
Things will have their first, or second agitation: if they be not tossed upon the arguments of counsel, they will be tossed upon the waves of fortune; and be full of inconstancy, doing and undoing, like the reeling of a drunken man.