Definition of capricious in English:

capricious

Pronunciation: /kəˈprēSHəs//kəˈpriSHəs/

adjective

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

    ‘a capricious and often brutal administration’
    ‘a capricious climate’
    • ‘The true gods are fickle and capricious and care little for the affairs of men, but the piper was different.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Exhausted and in constant pain, she had to contend with vast, unfathomable personality changes that made her capricious, indecisive, impatient and intolerant.’
    • ‘Ultimately, that's for the voters to decide, and recent history shows them to be a mercurial, at times capricious lot.’
    • ‘Luckily enough, ostriches are not capricious animals and easily adapt to the climate in Bulgaria.’
    • ‘Nature is regarded as the provider of bounty, but also as wild, awesome and capricious, with unpredictable catastrophes, like floods and storms at sea.’
    • ‘The woman was so fickle-minded and capricious that Agueda often found herself confused.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In any event, I reserve the right to be arbitrary and capricious in choosing which comments to delete because they cross the line.’
    • ‘Please allow me to maintain my self-image as capricious, arbitrary and unfair.’
    • ‘He can be so sweet sometimes, he's just very capricious and whimsical.’
    • ‘It's an amusing idea, that even the harbingers of capitalism are subject to the ever-changing moods of capricious Mother Nature.’
    • ‘While the sprites that run the weather here are capricious, their temperaments are contained within some very strict limits.’
    • ‘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 will be a difficult task as the ship has become overloaded, capricious and the ocean is tempestuous.’
    • ‘I miss her because she was capricious and unreliable, and because minis are the kind of car that make people smile.’
    • ‘It is capricious and fickle, changing moods easily.’
    • ‘It is as if we, temperamental and capricious, have been having a stormy affair with aloof, indifferent El Niño.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    fickle, inconstant, changeable, variable, unstable, mercurial, volatile, erratic, vacillating, irregular, inconsistent, fitful, arbitrary
    impulsive, temperamental, wild, ungovernable
    whimsical, fanciful, flighty, wayward, quirky, faddish, freakish
    unpredictable, random, chance, haphazard
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Origin

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

Pronunciation:

capricious

/kəˈprēSHəs//kəˈpriSHəs/