Weekly Word – Capricious

Weekly Word is a weekly post intended to illustrate the meaning and use of a single word. The chosen word will begin with a different letter of the alphabet each week, as Louise (my daughter) and I work our way through the alphabet.

Louise posts on her website:

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This week’s word begins with the letter C:

capricious

Meaning:

Given to sudden and unaccountable changes of mood or behaviour

Pronunciation:

kuh·pri·shuhs

Audio Link:

Capricious

Part of Speech:

Adjective

Related Forms:

Capriciously (adverb)

Capriciousness (noun)

Word Origin: 

Early 17th century from the French capricieux, from the Italian capriccioso  (meaning free and impulsive – used chiefly as a direction in music)

Synonyms:

fickle, unpredictable, inconstant, changeable, variable, unstable, mercurial, volatile, erratic, irregular, inconsistent, vacillating, haphazard

Antonyms:

stable, consistent, constant

Use the Word in a Sentence:

1.  The old pharaoh had been a cruel and capricious ruler and few people would mourn his passing.pharaoh-1181518_1920

 

2. The weather changed capriciously during the week and completely ruined our hiking holiday.

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4. The capriciousness of Prince John has been portrayed in every Robin Hood film I’ve ever seen.

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King John of England, 1167-1216. Illuminated manuscript, De Rege Johanne, 1300-1400. MS Cott. Claud DII, folio 116, British Library. Scanned from the book The National Portrait Gallery History of the Kings and Queens of England by David. Public Domain

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If you would like to join us in doing this weekly post, both Louise and I would be happy to see you. You can pick of your own word and illustrate its use in any way you choose (even a short story) or use your chosen word to follow a similar pattern to our posts.

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