• (British, America) IPA: /kəˈpɹis/

caprice (plural caprices)

  1. An impulsive, seemingly unmotivated action, change#Noun|change of mind#Noun|mind, or notion.
    • 1869 May, Anthony Trollope, “The Honourable Mr. Glascock”, in He Knew He Was Right, volume I, London: Strahan and Company, publishers, […], OCLC 1118026626 ↗, page 107 ↗:
      It would have been a great privilege to be the mistress of an old time-honoured mansion, to call oaks and elms her own, to know that acres of gardens were submitted to her caprices, to look at herds of cows and oxen, and be aware that they lowed on her own pastures.
  2. An unpredictable or sudden condition#Noun|condition, change#Noun|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.
  4. (music) A capriccio.
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  • Russian: своенравие

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