Definition of capricious in English:

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capricious

Pronunciation: /kəˈpriSHəs/
/kəˈprēSHəs/

adjective

Given to sudden and unaccountable changes of mood or behavior: a capricious and often brutal administration a capricious climate
More example sentences
  • It's an amusing idea, that even the harbingers of capitalism are subject to the ever-changing moods of capricious Mother Nature.
  • It is capricious and fickle, changing moods easily.
  • In any event, I reserve the right to be arbitrary and capricious in choosing which comments to delete because they cross the line.
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capriciously

Pronunciation: /kəˈpriSHəslē/
/kəˈprēSHəslē/
adverb
Example sentences
  • We felt that we were asking them to abide by their standards, which were being executed capriciously.
  • Neither has the tsunami anything in common with God's final judgement, as the tsunami killed and destroyed capriciously, without rhyme or reason.
  • But can an Assembly be dissolved arbitrarily, capriciously, whimsically, at the absolute discretion of a Chief Minister?

capriciousness

Pronunciation: /kəˈpriSHisnəs/
/kəˈprēSHisnəs/
noun
Example sentences
  • As it was, this random capriciousness on his part ended up providing me with my main home address for the next 16 years.
  • And I like to think there's still a little of that capriciousness to my choices.
  • Y'know, I'm starting to be concerned at my own capriciousness.

Origin

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

Words that rhyme with capricious

adventitious, Aloysius, ambitious, auspicious, avaricious, conspicuous, delicious, expeditious, factitious, fictitious, flagitious, judicious, lubricious, malicious, Mauritius, meretricious, nutritious, officious, pernicious, propitious, repetitious, seditious, siliceous, superstitious, suppositious, surreptitious, suspicious, vicious

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Syllabification: ca·pri·cious

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