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Noun. Mid-17th century.
[French from Italian capriccio (literally) head with the hair standing on end, (hence) horror,
(later, by association with capra goat) sudden start, from capo head (see CAPO noun) + riccio hedgehog (ultimately from Latin (h)ericius URCHIN.]
1(a) An unaccountable change of mind or conduct; a whim; a freakish fancy. M17
1(b) Inclination or disposition to such changes etc.; capriciousness. M17
2 = CAPRICCIO 3. E18
Adjective. Early 17th century.
[French capricieux from Italian capriccioso, from capriccio (see preceding) + -oso -OUS.]
1 obsolete. Humorous; fantastic; characterized by fat-fetched comparisons etc. E17-E18
2 Guided by caprice; readily swayed by whim or fancy; inconstant.
Of a thing: subject to sudden change, irregular, unpredictable. E17
capriciously adverb E17
capriciousness noun L16
I was going to write a really interesting post on caprice and capricious, but I've decided to go and buy some new underpants instead.
Feel free to comment while I'm gone.