A delicate child still, puny and sickly, petted and spoiled, indulged in every childish whim and caprice.
Have you the courage to give honest folk so much pain for a caprice?
Owing to this caprice of the elements, I was unable to leave until three o'clock in the afternoon.
Believe me, Leo, I was not morose out of caprice; I was troubled and anxious.
This does not always depend on the caprice of the public, or what may be called literary fashions.
He had come to convince her that what she had considered a caprice was love, true love.
What caprice might not possess her while on shore, and the ship to sail within a few hours?
If the thing is but a caprice, I will give it time to pass off.
At each return the varying stream and shore must be studied, and every caprice of either divined.
We must guard ourselves against whims and caprice, even our own.
"sudden change of mind," 1660s, from French caprice "whim" (16c.), from Italian capriccio "whim," originally "a shivering," possibly from capro "goat," with reference to frisking, from Latin capreolus "wild goat" (see cab). But another theory connects the Italian word with capo "head" + riccio "curl, frizzled," literally "hedgehog" (from Latin ericius). The notion in this case would be of the hair standing on end in horror, hence the person shivering in fear.