Saturday, December 23, 2000
Definitions for capricious
- Apt to change suddenly; whimsical; changeable.
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Citations for capricious
Molly was a capricious woman. Her moods were unpredictable, her anger petty and vicious.
He knew that the Board would rule against him; he knew that the key to the dark, capricious mystery of the Board's contradictory decisions was the secret power of pull.
Origin of capricious
Capricious comes, via French, from Italian capriccio, a shivering, a shudder, finally (influenced by Italian capra, goat) a whim, from capo, head (from Latin caput) + riccio, hedgehog (from Latin ericius). The basic idea is that of a head with hair standing on end, like the spines of a hedgehog.