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Borrowed 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)



caprice (plural caprices)

  1. An impulsive, seemingly unmotivated notion, action, or change of mind.
    (Can we add an example for this sense?)
  2. An unpredictable or sudden condition, change, or series of changes.
    • 1931, H. P. Lovecraft, The Whisperer in Darkness, chapter 6:
      After that we cast off all allegiance to immediate, tangible, and time-touched things, and entered a fantastic world of hushed unreality in which the narrow, ribbon-like road rose and fell and curved with an almost sentient and purposeful caprice amidst the tenantless green peaks and half-deserted valleys
  3. A disposition to be impulsive.
    • 2019 May 19, Alex McLevy, “The final Game Of Thrones brings a pensive but simple meditation about stories (newbies)”, in The A.V. Club[1]:
      In selecting Bran Stark, the lords of Westeros are choosing to value these stories and memories above whatever other qualities might make a good ruler, and more specifically, put an end to the caprices of heritage that have allowed bloodlines to wreak havoc on good stewardship of these kingdoms.
  4. (music) A capriccio.

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From Italian capriccio.


  • IPA(key): /ka.pʁis/
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caprice m (plural caprices)

  1. whim; wish
    • 1829, Victor Hugo, Le Dernier Jour d’un condamné
      Pas malade ! en effet, je suis jeune, sain et fort. Le sang coule librement dans mes veines ; tous mes membres obéissent à tous mes caprices
      Not ill! Indeed, I am young, healthy and strong. Blood flows freely in my veins; all my parts obey my every wish.
  2. tantrum

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