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Princeton's WordNet

  1. caprice, impulse, whimnoun

    a sudden desire

    "he bought it on an impulse"


  1. capricenoun

    An impulsive, seemingly unmotivated notion or action.

  2. capricenoun

    An unpredictable or sudden condition, change, or series of changes.

  3. capricenoun

    A disposition to be impulsive.

  4. capricenoun

    An impulsive change of mind.

  5. Etymology: From caprice, from capriccio, from caporiccio: capo, from caput + riccio, from ericius, or from capro

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary


    Freak; fancy; whim; sudden change of humour.

    Etymology: caprice, Fr. capricho, Span.

    It is a pleasant spectacle to behold the shifts, windings, and unexpected caprichios of distressed nature, when pursued by a close and well managed experiment. Joseph Glanvill, Scepsis, Pref.

    Heav’n’s great view is one, and that the whole;
    That counterworks each folly and caprice,
    That disappoints th’ effect of ev’ry vice. Alexander Pope.

    If there be a single spot more barren, or more distant from the church, the rector or vicar may be obliged, by the caprice or pique of the bishop, to build, under pain of sequestration. Jonathan Swift.

    Their passions move in lower spheres,
    Where’er caprice or folly steers. Jonathan Swift.

    All the various machines and utensils would now and then play odd pranks and caprices, quite contrary to their proper structures, and design of the artificers. Richard Bentley.


  1. caprice

    Caprice is a noun that refers to a sudden and unpredictable change in mood or behavior, usually marked by impulsiveness, whimsicality, or an inclination towards self-indulgence. It is characterized by irrational or unpredictable actions or decisions that are driven by momentary desires or fancies. Caprice is often associated with being volatile or fickle, as it involves acting on a whim without much consistency or foresight.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Capriceverb

    an abrupt change in feeling, opinion, or action, proceeding from some whim or fancy; a freak; a notion

  2. Capriceverb

    see Capriccio


  1. Caprice

    Caprice is a CinemaScope comedy-thriller film directed by Frank Tashlin starring Doris Day and Richard Harris. This film and In Like Flint were the last movies made in CinemaScope, with most studios moving to Panavision and other widescreen processes.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Caprice

    ka-prēs′, n. a change of humour or opinion without reason: a freak: changeableness.—ns. Capriccio (ka-prēt′cho), a sportive motion: (mus.) a species of free composition, not subject to rule as to form or figure; Capriccio′so, a direction in music for a free style.—adj. Capri′cious (Shak.), humorous: full of caprice: changeable.—adv. Capri′ciously.—n. Capri′ciousness. [Fr. caprice—It. capriccio; perh. from L. capra, a she-goat.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Caprice is ranked #102197 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Caprice surname appeared 176 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Caprice.

    50.5% or 89 total occurrences were White.
    37.5% or 66 total occurrences were Black.
    7.3% or 13 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    4.5% or 8 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of caprice in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of caprice in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of caprice in a Sentence

  1. George Washington:

    The great rule of conduct for us, in regard to foreign nations, is in extending our commercial relations to have as little political connection as possible... Why, by interweaving our destiny with that of any part of Europe, entangle our peace and prosperity in the toils of European ambition, rivalships, interest, humor, or caprice?... It is our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world.

  2. Greg Abbott:

    We are succumbing to the caprice of man that our Founders fought to escape, the cure to these problems will not come from Washington, D.C. Instead, the states must lead the way.

  3. Dr. Jose P. Rizal:

    Travel is a caprice in childhood, a passion in youth, a necessity in manhood, and an elegy in old age.

  4. Carlos Ghosn:

    The board does not decide (on pay) on the basis of caprice, it is the board acting on your delegated authority that decides who runs the company and the remuneration that matches their efforts and talents.

  5. William Ernest Hocking:

    Art is life, plus caprice.

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    an outward semblance that misrepresents the true nature of something
    A endeavor
    B guts
    C disguise
    D permutation

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