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Saturday, February 04, 2012

caprice

\kuh-PREES\ , noun;
1.
A sudden, unpredictable change, as of one's mind or the weather.
2.
A tendency to change one's mind without apparent or adequate motive; whimsicality; capriciousness.
3.
Music. Capriccio.
Quotes:
Does she turn, thought he, thus, from one to the other, with no preference but of accident or caprice? Is her favour thus light of circulation?
-- Fanny Burney, Camilla, or a Picture of Youth
You lose, you gain—it's all caprice. The omnipotence of caprice. The likelihood of reversal. Yes, the unpredictable reversal and its power.
-- Philip Roth, The Humbling
Origin:
Caprice is from the Italian word capriccio which means a sudden start or motion. It comes from the word capro meaning goat.
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