caprice [kə prēs′]
[Fr < It capriccio, a shivering, whim < capo (< L caput, HEAD) + riccio, curl, frizzled, lit., hedgehog (< L ericius: see URCHIN); hence, orig., head with bristling hair, horripilation; meaning infl. by assoc. with It capriola (see CAPRIOLE) & capra < L capra, she-goat]
1. a sudden, impulsive change in the way one thinks or acts; freakish notion; whim
2. a capricious quality or nature
3. Music a capriccio
SYN.- CAPRICE refers to a sudden, impulsive, apparently unmotivated turn of mind or emotion [discharged at the caprice of a foreman ]; WHIM and WHIMSY both refer to an idle, quaint, or curious notion, but WHIM more often suggests willfulness and WHIMSY fancifulness [pursuing a whim, he wrote a poem full of whimsy]; VAGARY suggests a highly unusual or extravagant notion [the vagaries in fashion in women's clothes ]; CROTCHET implies great eccentricity and connotes stubbornness in opposition to prevailing thought, usually on some insignificant point [his crotchets concerning diet ]

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