noun Etymology: French, from Italian capriccio caprice, shudder, perhaps from capo head (from Latin caput) + riccio hedgehog, from Latin ericius — more at head, urchin Date: 1667 1. a. a sudden, impulsive, and seemingly unmotivated notion or action b. a sudden usually unpredictable condition, change, or series of changes <
the caprices of the weather
2. a disposition to do things impulsively 3. capriccio 3 Synonyms: caprice, whim, vagary, crotchet mean an irrational or unpredictable idea or desire. caprice stresses lack of apparent motivation and suggests willfulness <
by sheer caprice she quit her job
. whim implies a fantastic, capricious turn of mind or inclination <
an odd antique that was bought on a whim
. vagary stresses the erratic, irresponsible character of the notion or desire <
recently he had been prone to strange vagaries
. crotchet implies an eccentric opinion or preference <
a serious scientist equally known for his bizarre crotchets

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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