Definition of caprice in English:
- Her narrative follows a loopy line traced more by mood and caprice than by causation or chronology.
- Essentially, what has happened to O'Neill is no more than life, with all its vagaries and caprices.
- Dip in, and let yourself be governed by mood and caprice.
- Dubost had herself conceived the ballet as a musical caprice and had given the ten leaves of her fan to ten different composers asking each of them to compose a single dance number.
- Studies for solo violin include Paganini's brilliant 24 caprices, which provided a fertile source of inspiration for other composers.
- I was feeling the exhaustion keenly - but not enough to make a complete ass of myself during choir, which inched by like a violist playing Paganini caprices.
A caprice and hedgehogs seem far apart but if you put the Italian words capo ‘head’ and riccio ‘hedgehog’ together you get the word capriccio, or ‘hedgehog-head’—a head with the hair standing on end, like a hedgehog's spines. This is what can happen if you are terrified by something, so capriccio, the source of English caprice, came to mean ‘horror or shuddering’. Over time this eventually became ‘a sudden start, a sudden change’, perhaps influenced by Italian caper. Compare horror
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