[kuh-prish-uh s, -pree-shuh s]
- subject to, led by, or indicative of a sudden, odd notion or unpredictable change; erratic: He's such a capricious boss I never know how he'll react.
- Obsolete. fanciful or witty.
Origin of capricious
1585–95; < Italian capriccioso capriccioso
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1. variable, flighty, mercurial. See fickle.
1. steady, constant, consistent.
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Examples from the Web for capriciousness
More than anything, they reflect our uneasiness with the modern world, its complexity, and often its capriciousness.Enough Already: Syria Wasn’t a False-Flag Operation
September 10, 2013
The capriciousness of love is also derived by him from an attachment to some god in a former world.Phaedrus
Nor is this capriciousness exclusively the attribute of the poetic Muse.
My capriciousness had exhausted his patience, and he frankly said that he washed his hands of the "case."My Life
It was the time to alarm him by coldness, by capriciousness.The Grain Of Dust
David Graham Phillips
“Capriciousness, natural in her condition,” commented all, even Capitan Tiago.The Social Cancer
- characterized by or liable to sudden unpredictable changes in attitude or behaviour; impulsive; fickle
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Word Origin and History for capriciousness
1590s, from French capricieux "whimsical" (16c.), from Italian capriccioso, from capriccio (see caprice). Related: Capriciously; capriciousness.
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