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1 a sudden impulsive and apparently unmotivated idea or action
  • an out-of-character caprice led him to take the day off from work and go to the beach

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2 an inclination to sudden illogical changes of mind, ideas, or actions
  • his knack for picking racetrack winners appears to owe as much to caprice as it does to a canny assessment of horseflesh

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How is the word caprice distinct from other similar nouns?

Some common synonyms of caprice are crotchet, vagary, and whim. While all these words mean "an irrational or unpredictable idea or desire," caprice stresses lack of apparent motivation and suggests willfulness.

by sheer caprice she quit her job

When could crotchet be used to replace caprice?

In some situations, the words crotchet and caprice are roughly equivalent. However, crotchet implies an eccentric opinion or preference.

a serious scientist equally known for his bizarre crotchets

Where would vagary be a reasonable alternative to caprice?

The words vagary and caprice can be used in similar contexts, but vagary stresses the erratic, irresponsible character of the notion or desire.

he had been prone to strange vagaries

When can whim be used instead of caprice?

The synonyms whim and caprice are sometimes interchangeable, but whim implies a fantastic, capricious turn of mind or inclination.

an odd antique that was bought on a whim

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The first known use of caprice was in 1667

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“Caprice.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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