cap rice


a sudden, unpredictable change, as of one's mind or the weather.
a tendency to change one's mind without apparent or adequate motive; whimsicality; capriciousness: With the caprice of a despotic king, he alternated between kindness and cruelty.
Music. capriccio ( def 1 ).

1660–70; < French < Italian; see capriccio

1. vagary, notion, whim, fancy. Unabridged
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caprice (kəˈpriːs)
1.  a sudden or unpredictable change of attitude, behaviour, etc; whim
2.  a tendency to such changes
3.  another word for capriccio
[C17: from French, from Italian capriccio a shiver, caprice, from capo head + riccio hedgehog, suggesting a convulsive shudder in which the hair stood on end like a hedgehog's spines; meaning also influenced by Italian capra goat, by folk etymology]

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Word Origin & History

1667, from Fr. caprice "whim," from It. capriccio "whim," orig. "a shivering," probably from capro "goat," with reference to frisking; but another theory connects the It. word with capo "head" + riccio "curl, frizzled," lit. "hedgehog," from L. ericius. The notion is of the hair standing on end in horror.
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