caprice

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from French caprice, from Italian capriccio, from caporiccio (fright, sudden start): capo (head), from Latin caput + riccio (curly), from Latin ericius (hedgehog), or from Italian capro (goat)

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Noun[edit]

caprice (plural caprices)

  1. An impulsive, seemingly unmotivated notion or action.
  2. An unpredictable or sudden condition, change, or series of changes.
  3. A disposition to be impulsive.
  4. An impulsive change of mind.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Italian capriccio.

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Noun[edit]

caprice m (plural caprices)

  1. whim; wish
    • 1829, Victor Hugo, Le Dernier Jour d’un condamné
      Pas malade ! en effet, je suis jeune, sain et fort. Le sang coule librement dans mes veines ; tous mes membres obéissent à tous mes caprices
      Not ill! Indeed, I am young, healthy and strong. Blood flows freely in my veins; all my parts obey my every wish.
  2. tantrum