whimsicality


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whim·si·cal·i·ty

 (wĭm′zĭ-kăl′ĭ-tē, hwĭm′-)
n. pl. whim·si·cal·i·ties
1. The quality or state of being whimsical.
2. A whimsical idea or its expression; a caprice.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.whimsicality - the trait of acting unpredictably and more from whim or caprice than from reason or judgment; "I despair at the flightiness and whimsicality of my memory"
irresponsibility, irresponsibleness - a form of untrustworthiness; the trait of lacking a sense of responsibility and not feeling accountable for your actions
2.whimsicality - the trait of behaving like an impwhimsicality - the trait of behaving like an imp  
playfulness, fun - a disposition to find (or make) causes for amusement; "her playfulness surprised me"; "he was fun to be with"
Translations
oikullisuusoikuttelu

whimsicality

[wɪmzɪˈkælɪtɪ] N [of person] → capricho m, fantasía f; [of idea] → lo fantástico
a novel of a pleasing whimsicalityuna novela de agradable fantasía

whimsicality

nWunderlichkeit f; (of behaviour)Launenhaftigkeit f, → Grillenhaftigkeit f; (of decision)Seltsamkeit f; (of architecture)Verrücktheit f, → Manierismus m
References in classic literature ?
Among others, to show the whimsicality of their deadly seriousness, may be mentioned the following: The Bleeding Hearts, Sons of the Morning, the Morning Stars, The Flamingoes, The Triple Triangles, The Three Bars, The Rubonics, The Vindicators, The Comanches, and the Erebusites.
"I want you so bad, Miss Mason, that I don't dast to ask you now," he said, with such whimsicality and earnestness as to make her throw her head back in a frank boyish laugh.
Sterne published it in nine successive volumes during almost as many years, and he made a point of almost complete formlessness and every sort of whimsicality. The hero is not born until the third volume, the story mostly relates to other people and things, pages are left blank to be filled out by the reader--no grotesque device or sudden trick can be too fantastic for Sterne.
But simply to turn loose your soul to every whimsicality, to play the fool unafraid of any possible result, why, that requires a man other than a householder and law-respecting citizen.
Didn't the letter show the most engaging compound of enthusiasm and spirit and whimsicality, all tapering into a flame of girlish freakishness, which flitted, for the rest of the morning, as a will-o'-the-wisp, across Rodney's landscape.
Like Ronald Searle, who reshaped the trauma he suffered as a prisoner of the Japanese into the dark hilarity of St Trinian's, he found redemption through cartoons of baffling, disquieting whimsicality. Both artists deliberately replayed tragedy as farce, less to imbue meaninglessness with meaning than to make it bearable by making it funny.
"There was no hint of whimsicality, no gross and patent abuse of discretion as would amount to an evasion of positive duty or a virtual refusal to perform duty enjoined by law or to act at all in contemplation of law," the CA said.
President Muhammadu Buhari chose the most auspicious place to officially declare his disdain for the rule of law and his avowed preference for the rule of man, his own rule, in the Nigerian nation-state, where he has been deploying his might in its vast capriciousness and whimsicality since he stepped in the saddle on May 29, 2015.
And the whimsicality continued at the Kathmandu SAARC summit in November 2014.
Example: The last was a Supreme Court decision (penned by Associate Justice Marvic Leonen) in July 2016, finding against Napoles' petition for certiorari, and ruling that she 'failed to show capriciousness, whimsicality, arbitrariness, or any despotic exercise of judgment by reason of passion and hostility on the part of respondents' (among whom were De Lima and Judge Alameda).
Deng had learnt from bitter experience that too much power concentrated in one pair of hands leads to authoritarianism attendant by uncertainty, unpredictably and whimsicality. Mao was able to exercise that power because of the godlike status he enjoyed in the country.
Themed around Hanks' decades long hobby and appreciation for typewriters, each of these 17 stories leaps out from the page in their authenticity and whimsicality.