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- n. The quality of being capricious.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality of being capricious; whimsicalness; unsteadiness of purpose or opinion: as, “great capriciousness of taste,” ; “the capriciousness of a sickly heart,”
- n. Unsteadiness; liableness to sudden changes; irregularity: as, the capriciousness of fortune.
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- n. the trait of acting unpredictably and more from whim or caprice than from reason or judgment
- n. the quality of being guided by sudden unpredictable impulses
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But love must be a pleasure, and if I do not find in it the satisfaction of what you call my capriciousness, but which is really my desire, my life, my love, I do not want it; I prefer to live alone.
Robert Burton threw light on the "capriciousness" and accidentally of this kind of (apparent) amorous preference when he wrote that "it is impossible, almost, for two young folks equal in years to live together and not be in love;" and further he says, sagaciously:
Not more surprised than alarmed, China Aster thought of taking steamboat to go and see Orchis, but he was saved that expense by the unexpected arrival in Marietta of Orchis in person, suddenly called there by that strange kind of capriciousness lately characterizing him.
Aster thought of taking steamboat to go and see Orchis, but he was saved that expense by the unexpected arrival in Marietta of Orchis in person, suddenly called there by that strange kind of capriciousness lately characterizing him.
Yanukovich says the pro-European Tymoshenko should start acting like the prime minister that she currently is or "get back to the kitchen" and continue her "capriciousness" there.
Associated Press Even before this case, India's tax system had a formidable reputation for capriciousness.
If you pay attention you realize the future only allows humanity and nature opportunities to exercise capriciousness.
The joys of the story -- Aang's impish capriciousness, Katara's valiance, Soka's buffoonery, even Uncle Iroh's avuncular charm -- have all been el […] (author unknown)
Mr. Waugh captured the joie de vivre and capriciousness of Ms. Jungman's world in his second novel, "Vile Bodies" (1930), and undoubtedly based some of his characters on her circle.
A hitherto unresponsive wicket is beginning to show signs of capriciousness, and a fascinating denouement is in prospect.