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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
Working amid a still-capricious forecast, National Guard troops and fire rescue crews continue to labor, responding to calls from people stranded in cars or stuck in damaged houses.
Logical Virgo and intuitive Pisces may struggle with Gemini’s sporadic energy, as these sensitive signs take Gemini’s capricious energy way too personally.
That is instead an arbitrary and capricious exercise of presidential power bestowed on a public official found to have violated his oath of office.
Filed in state court on April 7, the lawsuit by owners of the lakefront tract earmarked for Port Marigny contends the city was arbitrary and capricious in denying the land use proposal.
Consistency is a hallmark of leadership, and the winds at the Meadowlands are easier to predict than your arbitrary and capricious ways.
And some who have recently seen Tillerson say the former ExxonMobil chief executive - unaccustomed to taking orders from a superior, let alone one as capricious as Trump - also seems to be ready to end his State Department tenure.
Hepburn received an Academy Award nomination for her role as the capricious, complicated Holly Golightly with a thing for the high-end jewelry store in the film adaption of Truman Capote's novel.
Yet, the president later directly undercut Sekulow when his capricious instincts shifted.
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How Long Has caprice Appeared in English?
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.
Synonymsfickle, changeable, changeful, flickery, fluctuating, fluid, inconsistent, inconstant, mercurial, mutable, skittish, temperamental, uncertain, unpredictable, unsettled, unstable, unsteady, variable, volatile
Antonymscertain, changeless, constant, immutable, invariable, predictable, settled, stable, stationary, steady, unchangeable, unchanging, unvarying
Related Wordsaimless, arbitrary, desultory, erratic, haphazard, hit-or-miss, irregular, random, scattered, slapdash, stray; ambivalent, hesitating, shaky, shilly-shally, shilly-shallying, vacillating, wavering; dicey, undependable, unreliable, untrustworthy; adaptable, mobile, protean, versatile
Near Antonymsequable, even, uniform; abiding, durable, lasting, permanent, persistent; dependable, reliable, sure, tried, tried-and-true, true, trustworthy, trusty
Synonym Discussion of capricious
- an inconstant friend
- performers discover how fickle fans can be
- an utterly capricious critic
- made anxious by her boss's mercurial temperament
- too unstable to hold a job
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