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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
Your thinking tends to be very big-picture, but with capricious Gemini energy highlighting your artistic zone, you're inspired by playful, curious energy.
Using the dollar as a bludgeon has already led to capricious and arbitrary decision-making.
In a way, what is shocking about the book is that its depiction of a capricious, uninformed and erratic president is not really all that shocking.
Rebecca, a soft-hearted liberal, is neither savior nor nefarious anti-heroine; her motivations for adopting Andrew are infused with both genuine concern and capricious enthusiasm.
Results of the new study, with a far larger and less capricious dataset, were published in PLOS One earlier this month and found exactly the opposite.
Now, a capricious president orders one thing one day, presumably fields a phone call from a powerful peer the next day, and changes national policy the one after that.
Two federal judges have ruled the terminations were arbitrary and capricious — most recently U.S. District Judge Thomas Rice in Spokane, Washington, on Tuesday.
Crying in a professor’s office or challenging the assignment of a particular text would have marked me as capricious and unduly sensitive.
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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.
changeable, changeful, fickle, flickery, fluctuating, fluid, inconsistent, inconstant, mercurial, mutable, skittish, temperamental, uncertain, unpredictable, unsettled, unstable, unsteady, variable, volatile;
up in the air;
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
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
- a capricious shopper
- capricious weather
legal Definition of capricious
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