Origin of caprice
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Examples from the Web for caprice
I cannot give any reason but caprice for quitting this ship.
It was caprice that took me from the Silvie de Grasse, and put me in her sister-liner.
The devotion of Mr Sparkler was only to be equalled by the caprice and cruelty of his enslaver.
It is better to be torn to pieces at a spring, than to be a mouse at the caprice of such a cat.'
But every one now knows that La Tonietta's caprice is Dario.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
- a sudden or unpredictable change of attitude, behaviour, etc; whim
- a tendency to such changes
- another word for capriccio
Word Origin and History for caprice
"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.