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Examples of capricious in a sentence
… every balloon voyage is a race between capricious winds and the amount of fuel on board. —Tom Morganthau, Newsweek, 29 Mar. 1999
She is capricious, however, and is said to take bribes and wantonly peddle her influence from time to time. —Hunter S. Thompson, Rolling Stone, 15 Dec. 1994
Lady Luck is a capricious mother who, as in a recurrent nightmare, always offers, never comes through, and never stops smiling. —Hugh Drummond, Boston Magazine, November 1989
I don't believe in random occurrences or blind chance, though I know the patterns of this world are capricious and terribly complex. —Leslie Marmon Silko, letter, 21 Aug. 1979
employees who are at the mercy of a capricious manager
The court ruled that the punishment was arbitrary and capricious.
Recent Examples of capricious from the web
But when law enforcement becomes capricious, citizens are apt to resort to their own law, rooted in ancient impulses, tribal loyalties, and vengeance.
On Saturday, the skies were a big presence: hot sun, friendly and capricious clouds, rain of several varieties.
The city’s residents now face episodic warfare and increasingly capricious attacks.
In Focus Sep 16, 2015 16 Photos As popes frequently address large crowds in open-air settings, they—like everyone else—have to deal with capricious weather.
But supporters of the legislation argue that the current Electoral College system – most states are winner take all — can be just capricious.
In the past, pagans sacrificed animals and even humans in vain attempts to placate capricious and cruel gods.
Then there was that 2012 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame sans capricious GNR singer Axl Rose.
In their opening testimony, Senator Tiffany and Representative Ballweg were unable to provide a single example of a local regulation that was arbitrary and capricious.
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Did You Know?
The noun caprice, which first appeared in English in the mid-17th century, is a synonym of whim. Evidence shows that the adjective capricious debuted about sixty years before caprice; it's likely, however, that both words derived via French from the Italian capriccio, which originally referred not to a sudden desire but to a sudden shudder of fear. Capriccio in turn derives from the Italian capo, meaning "head," and riccio, the word for "hedgehog." Someone who shuddered in fear, therefore, was said to have a "hedgehog head"-meaning that his or her hair stood on end like the spines of a hedgehog.
Origin and Etymology of capricious
First Known Use: 1601
Synonym Discussion of capricious
CAPRICIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of capricious for English Language Learners
: changing often and quickly; especially : often changing suddenly in mood or behavior
: not logical or reasonable : based on an idea, desire, etc., that is not possible to predict
CAPRICIOUS Defined for Kids
Definition of capricious for Students
1 : moved or controlled by a sudden desire a capricious shopper
2 : likely to change suddenly capricious weather
Legal Definition of capricious
1 : governed or characterized by impulse or whim: as a : lacking a rational basis b : likely to change suddenly
2 : not supported by the weight of evidence or established rules of law —often used in the phrase arbitrary and capricious
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