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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.
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  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.
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  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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