Origin of caprice
Examples from the Web for caprice
Business will be treated of in boudoirs, and decided according to the caprice of abandoned women.
Its interweaving of voices, their independence, the caprice and audacity of it all are astounding.Franz Liszt|James Huneker
In all savage nations this caprice of altering the natural figure of the head is very frequent.Buffon's Natural History. Volume IV (of 10)|Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
Its strings have vibrated under my passions and its yielding keys have obeyed my every caprice.How to Appreciate Music|Gustav Kobb
He remembered the sympathy she had given him, and he was annoyed at her caprice.An American Politician|F. Marion Crawford
British Dictionary definitions for caprice
Word Origin for caprice
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.