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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n caprice a sudden desire "he bought it on an impulse"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Caprice An abrupt change in feeling, opinion, or action, proceeding from some whim or fancy; a freak; a notion. "Caprices of appetite."
    • Caprice (Mus) See Capriccio.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n caprice A sudden start of the mind; a sudden change of opinion or humor, without apparent or adequate motive; a whim, freak, or particular fancy.
    • n caprice The habit of acting according to varying impulses; capriciousness.
    • n caprice Same as capriccio, 2. Synonyms Vagary, humor, whim, crotchet. Fickleness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Caprice ka-prēs′ a change of humour or opinion without reason: a freak: changeableness
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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Classic art was the art of necessity: modern romantic art bears the stamp of caprice and chance.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “The only difference between a caprice and a life-long passion is that the caprice lasts a little longer.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. caprice, It. capriccio, caprice (perh. orig. a fantastical goat leap), fr. L. caper, capra, goat. Cf Capriole Cab Caper (v. i.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. caprice—It. capriccio; perh. from L. capra, a she-goat.


In literature:

She turns to face the man who a short time before positively refused to risk his life because Miss Caprice desired it.
"Miss Caprice" by St. George Rathborne
She was paying dearly for her mad caprice.
"The Grey Cloak" by Harold MacGrath
At table, his tastes, his caprices even, are studied, consulted: he is getting fat!
"The Petty Troubles of Married Life, Complete" by Honore de Balzac
This is one of chance's unjust caprices.
"Fray Luis de León" by James Fitzmaurice-Kelly
There is such a thing as Literary Fashion, and prose and verse have been regulated by the same caprice that cuts our coats and cocks our hats.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. II (of 3)" by Isaac Disraeli
The caprices of the poet are held in rein by the musician.
"Musicians of To-Day" by Romain Rolland
Our reason for not going to England has not been from caprice, but a cross in money matters.
"The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Volume II" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Expressing nothing but a caprice, it had the futility and the impermanence of all caprices.
"Americans and Others" by Agnes Repplier
Try to give up the idea that religion comes to us by chance, or by mystery, or by caprice.
"The Greatest Thing In the World and Other Addresses" by Henry Drummond
Hunger knows neither caprice nor greediness.
"Pinocchio" by C. Collodi
And in appearance what was she like, this Bessie Fairfax, subjected so early to the caprices of fortune?
"The Vicissitudes of Bessie Fairfax" by Harriet Parr
It transforms them into Divinities, whose caprices the nations never dare to resist.
"Superstition In All Ages (1732)" by Jean Meslier
Don't sacrifice your own life and the life of a man who is good and loves you dearly to a caprice of your heart.
"Vera Nevill" by Mrs. H. Lovett Cameron
Perhaps an excuse might be found for the caprice of Louis's disposition in the deplorable state of his health.
"Hortense, Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
The state of Mile End had been originally the result of indolence and caprice on his part rather than of any set purpose of neglect.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Battery, on the other hand, cannot be abolished by a caprice of taste.
"American Sketches" by Charles Whibley
From the death of Charles V, in 1364, until 1557 the Louvre by some caprice ceased to be a permanent royal residence.
"Royal Palaces and Parks of France" by Milburg Francisco Mansfield
God, governed by infinite caprice, filled the world with miracles and disconnected events.
"The Ghosts" by Robert G. Ingersoll
II The universe was evolved, not created; and its functions according to law, not according to the caprice of any God.
"The Buddhist Catechism" by Henry S. Olcott
It may be, that your silly caprice for this boy can be indulged without interfering with more important objects.
"Mabel's Mistake" by Ann S. Stephens

In poetry:

The witchery of freakish fault,
Caprice and waywardness,
Allies you to our human earth,
Endearing weaknesses.
"Immortal Eve - III" by Manmohan Ghose
Us'd to his bold caprices oft,
And equal to his weight,
The courser toss'd his mane aloft,
And swam with breast elate.
"The Fatal Horse" by William Hayley
Such is CAPRICE ! but, lovely kind !
Oh ! let each mental feature
Proclaim the labour of the mind,
And leave your charms to NATURE.
"Female Fashions for 1799" by Mary Darby Robinson
Shall the image of HIM I was born to adore,
Inshrin'd in my bosom my idol still prove?
Or seduced by caprice shall fine feeling no more,
With the incense of TRUTH gem the altar of LOVE?
"Stanzas to Love" by Mary Darby Robinson
What Nature makes in any mood
To me is warranted for good,
Though long before I learned to see
She did not set us moral theses,
And scorned to have her sweet caprices
Strait-waistcoated in you or me.
"The Nomades" by James Russell Lowell
"Thou gav'st, in thy caprice, the Soul
"Peculiarly enshrin'd;
"Nor from the ebon Casket stole
"The Jewel of the mind!
"Then wherefore let the suff'ring Negro's breast
"Bow to his fellow, MAN, in brighter colours drest.
"The Negro Girl" by Mary Darby Robinson

In news:

Yes, the Chevrolet Caprice PPV's chassis is fabulous.
2012 Chevrolet Caprice PPV Photo Gallery.
Caprice Crane, 36, the daughter of Les Crane and actress Tina Louise, publishes her fourth novel, With a Little Luck, a romantic comedy about a superstitious L.A. Radio DJ, next Tuesday.
Le Caprice, in the newly redone Pierre hotel, offers a modern take on traditional European charm.
Co-Owner of Blue Chevrolet Caprice Has No Knowledge of Sniper Shootings, Lawyer Says.
A Surprising Caprice SS Project.
Slow Pez of Modern Art laid on the pinstripes and the Caprice 's murals came courtesy of Rick Wes, as Rudy knows him.
For thirty-five-year-old James Whiteway of Naples, Florida, his dream of owning a show-stopping box Chevy Caprice has finally been fulfilled.
How a Civilian Ended up with a Brand-New, Police-Only Caprice.
Remember Rick Ross's '73 Caprice 'vert.
A new bakery, Le Caprice DC, in Columbia Heights.
Dodge Charger Pursuit, Ford Interceptor sedan, Chevrolet Caprice PPV.
) Police Department began equipping 60 new Chevrolet Caprice patrol cars for patrol duty.
The SideKick mounted on a Caprice.
Prev Sucp 1205 001 1968 Chevy Caprice Sinister .

In science:

This material has been successfully used previously in the CAPRICE balloon experiment .
Experimental study of a proximity focusing Cherenkov counter prototype for the AMS experiment
The antiproton background flux as determined in, extrapolated for the energy range from 100 GeV to 1 TeV, is shown together with the data taken by the balloon-borne experiments BESS and CAPRICE .
High-energetic Cosmic Antiprotons from Kaluza-Klein Dark Matter