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Monday, January 16, 2006

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
1585-1595
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.
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