follow Dictionary.com

Dictionary.com's Word of the Year is...

capricious

[kuh-prish-uh s, -pree-shuh s] /kəˈprɪʃ əs, -ˈpri ʃəs/
adjective
1.
subject to, led by, or indicative of a sudden, odd notion or unpredictable change; erratic:
He's such a capricious boss I never know how he'll react.
2.
Obsolete. fanciful or witty.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; < Italian capriccioso capriccioso
Related forms
capriciously, adverb
capriciousness, noun
noncapricious, adjective
noncapriciously, adverb
noncapriciousness, noun
uncapricious, adjective
uncapriciously, adverb
uncapriciousness, noun
Synonyms
1. variable, flighty, mercurial. See fickle.
Antonyms
1. steady, constant, consistent.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for capriciousness
  • But the company failed to do so, fuelling worries about the capriciousness of its accounting policies.
  • He himself spoke no foreign languages and detested the capriciousness with which foreigners chose to speak their own.
  • Any funny notion or foolish idea, or snap judgement, may take the turn of capriciousness.
  • capriciousness concerns whether the agency's action was whimsical, impulsive, or unpredictable.
  • The law also aims to reduce the frequency and capriciousness of land reallocations.
  • Evidence of capriciousness or arbitrariness in the action.
British Dictionary definitions for capriciousness

capricious

/kəˈprɪʃəs/
adjective
1.
characterized by or liable to sudden unpredictable changes in attitude or behaviour; impulsive; fickle
Derived Forms
capriciously, adverb
capriciousness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for capriciousness

capricious

adj.

1590s, from French capricieux "whimsical" (16c.), from Italian capriccioso, from capriccio (see caprice). Related: Capriciously; capriciousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for capricious

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for capriciousness

0
25
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for capriciousness