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[kuh-lahy-duh-skop-ik] /kəˌlaɪ dəˈskɒp ɪk/
of, relating to, or created by a kaleidoscope.
changing form, pattern, color, etc., in a manner suggesting a kaleidoscope.
continually shifting from one set of relations to another; rapidly changing:
the kaleidoscopic events of the past year.
Also, kaleidoscopical.
Origin of kaleidoscopic
First recorded in 1840-50; kaleidoscope + -ic
Related forms
kaleidoscopically, adverb
3. changeable, fluctuating, protean, variable. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Standing with them was that man of kaleidoscopic make-up, the great Azef himself.

    The Minister of Evil William Le Queux
  • The stimulation of fireworks, or of kaleidoscopic effects, seems to us trivial.

    The Sense of Beauty George Santayana
  • I love it always—under every aspect of its kaleidoscopic face.

    She and I, Volume 2 John Conroy Hutcheson
  • It was a kaleidoscopic, misty wilderness into which he looked.

    Master of Men E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • These are the kaleidoscopic pictures that remain mirrored in the memory.

  • It is not devoid of unity, but it is many sided and kaleidoscopic.

    Eothen A. W. Kinglake
Word Origin and History for kaleidoscopic

1820, from kaleidoscope + -ic. Figurative use by 1855.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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