Caprice definition

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The definition of a caprice is a sudden or impulsive change.

A groom leaving a bride while standing at the altar is an example of a caprice action.

Snow falling in Los Angeles in the middle of the summer is an example of a caprice.

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(music) A capriccio.
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(music) A capriccio.
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An impulsive change of mind.
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An inclination to change one's mind impulsively.

Tyrants who rule by caprice.

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A sudden, unpredictable action or change.

The caprices of the wind.

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An impulsive, seemingly unmotivated notion or action.
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An unpredictable or sudden condition, change, or series of changes.
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A disposition to be impulsive.
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An impulsive change of mind.
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A capricious quality or nature.
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A sudden, impulsive change in the way one thinks or acts; freakish notion; whim.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
caprice
Plural:
caprices

Origin of caprice

  • French from Italian capriccio from caporiccio fright, sudden start (orginally, “head with the hair standing on end (resembling a hedgehog)”, but later influenced by capra goat, because of goats' frisky movements) capo head (from Latin caput kaput- in Indo-European roots) riccio curly (from Latin ēricius hedgehog) (from ēr)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowing from French caprice, from Italian capriccio, from caporiccio (“fright, sudden start”): capo (“head”), from Latin caput + riccio (“curly”), from Latin ericius (“hedgehog”), or from Italian capro (“goat”)

    From Wiktionary