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  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.
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Also ka·lei·do·scop·i·cal.

Origin of kaleidoscopic

First recorded in 1840–50; kaleidoscope + -ic
Related formska·lei·do·scop·i·cal·ly, adverb

Synonyms for kaleidoscopic

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3. changeable, fluctuating, protean, variable.
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Related Words for kaleidoscopic

motley, psychedelic, rainbow, variegated, multicolor, polychromatic, varicolored, particolored, prismatic

Examples from the Web for kaleidoscopic

Contemporary Examples of kaleidoscopic

Historical Examples of kaleidoscopic

  • 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.

Word Origin and History for kaleidoscopic


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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper