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kaleidoscopic

[kuh-lahy-duh-skop-ik] /kəˌlaɪ dəˈskɒp ɪk/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or created by a kaleidoscope.
2.
changing form, pattern, color, etc., in a manner suggesting a kaleidoscope.
3.
continually shifting from one set of relations to another; rapidly changing:
the kaleidoscopic events of the past year.
Also, kaleidoscopical.
Origin of kaleidoscopic
1840-1850
First recorded in 1840-50; kaleidoscope + -ic
Related forms
kaleidoscopically, adverb
Synonyms
3. changeable, fluctuating, protean, variable.
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  • He had disturbed her poise; he had thrown her accepted views of life into an entirely different angle, kaleidoscopically.

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    Harold MacGrath
  • In a year you will be astounded to find them self-arranging, kaleidoscopically, into something symmetrical,—and trying to live.

Word Origin and History for kaleidoscopically

kaleidoscopic

adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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