Definition of capricious in English:

capricious

adjective

  • Given to sudden and unaccountable changes of mood or behavior.

    ‘a capricious and often brutal administration’
    ‘a capricious climate’
    • ‘I miss her because she was capricious and unreliable, and because minis are the kind of car that make people smile.’
    • ‘It's an amusing idea, that even the harbingers of capitalism are subject to the ever-changing moods of capricious Mother Nature.’
    • ‘The woman was so fickle-minded and capricious that Agueda often found herself confused.’
    • ‘It will be a difficult task as the ship has become overloaded, capricious and the ocean is tempestuous.’
    • ‘Ultimately, that's for the voters to decide, and recent history shows them to be a mercurial, at times capricious lot.’
    • ‘It is as if we, temperamental and capricious, have been having a stormy affair with aloof, indifferent El Niño.’
    • ‘While the sprites that run the weather here are capricious, their temperaments are contained within some very strict limits.’
    • ‘The capricious god changed Ariadne into the Corona Cressa, or Cretan Diadem, already visible in the heavens in Titian's Bacchus and Ariadne as an omen at their first meeting.’
    • ‘In any event, I reserve the right to be arbitrary and capricious in choosing which comments to delete because they cross the line.’
    • ‘Even those who have climbed in the Alps or the lower Himalayas, find it hard to understand the appeal of such a brutal and capricious mountain.’
    • ‘He can be so sweet sometimes, he's just very capricious and whimsical.’
    • ‘Let us say that on a rare, windy day in Waterloo, someone leaves a copy of our beloved Imprint on a bench outside, completely at the mercy of the fickle, capricious wind.’
    • ‘Exhausted and in constant pain, she had to contend with vast, unfathomable personality changes that made her capricious, indecisive, impatient and intolerant.’
    • ‘I have a strange, queasy feeling that I can never impart to him about how capricious and arbitrary a regime like this can be.’
    • ‘It is an immensely tough way of living but one which now, with over-grazing and an increasingly capricious climate, is beginning to look very vulnerable.’
    • ‘The true gods are fickle and capricious and care little for the affairs of men, but the piper was different.’
    • ‘Nature is regarded as the provider of bounty, but also as wild, awesome and capricious, with unpredictable catastrophes, like floods and storms at sea.’
    • ‘It is capricious and fickle, changing moods easily.’
    • ‘Luckily enough, ostriches are not capricious animals and easily adapt to the climate in Bulgaria.’
    • ‘Please allow me to maintain my self-image as capricious, arbitrary and unfair.’
    fickle, inconstant, changeable, variable, unstable, mercurial, volatile, erratic, vacillating, irregular, inconsistent, fitful, arbitrary
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Origin

Early 17th century: from French capricieux, from Italian (see capriccioso).

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