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Saturday, December 23, 2000

Definitions for capricious

  1. 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. Rand Roberts and James Olson, John Wayne: American
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. Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
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.