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Nothing seems more capricious than a tornado.
  impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes— especially impulsive behavior
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  • Nothing seems more capricious than a tornado.
  • The court overturned the ruling—describing it as having been made in a capricious manner.
  • Neither democracy nor a rights-protecting constitution can defend individual liberty in a country whose law enforcement is arbitrary or capricious.
  • The capricious nature of legislated tax changes inhibits long-term planning.

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  • It was a capricious summer breeze.
  • The Administrative Procedure Act (APA), permits a court to set aside agency findings of fact found to be arbitrary or capricious.
  • ...she had a capricious and hasty temper, and indifferent ideas of principle or justice...
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • She took her mother’s hand in both her own, and gazed into her eyes with an earnestness that was seldom seen in her wild and capricious character.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Word meanings change over time. For example, in "the Taming of the Shrew", Shakespeare uses the word "humor" to describe Kate’s capricious nature.
  • It was a capricious refusal.

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  • History has recorded authoritarian rulers as frequently capricious.
  • the wind was blowing a capricious gale - now from the west, now backing around to the north,
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • that city had been excluded from the itineraries of the steamboats because of the river’s caprices
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • I have made enough money to satisfy both my needs and my caprices.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • The shift in shade is no doubt an attempt to stay abreast of the capricious fashion trends of the Capitol.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • she had a capricious and hasty temper
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • curtains which draped the windows, and which puffed, floated, and flapped at the capricious will of a stiff breeze
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • For the moment, they were traveling in the proper direction, but the winter winds were capricious.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • Mildred and I grew into each other’s hearts, so that we were content to go hand-in-hand wherever caprice led us,
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • He was rather too indulgent in humouring her caprices;
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • She licked the envelope shut herself and, because the notion took hold of her suddenly—a kind of caprice and nothing more—she pressed the stamp on upside down before putting the letter in the mailbox.
    David Guterson  --  Snow Falling on Cedars
  • Emma was growing difficult, capricious.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • The harvest had been so delayed by the capricious weather that...
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • The storm had been capricious.
    Katherine Paterson  --  Jacob Have I Loved
  • Moody grew capricious. Most often he was sullen and threatening, now to Mahtob as well as to me. At other times he tried to be gentle and kind.
    Betty Mahmoody  --  Not Without My Daughter
  • The road followed the capricious windings of the southern branch of the Platte River, on its left bank.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • This was irritating, as when the name of an old friend capriciously vanishes from memory.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • Leslie was so capricious. Lots of good fellows that Leslie would turn up her nose at and pronounce dull.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • he could not sacrifice his own happiness to his father’s caprice
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • We felt that they were not the tyrants to rule our lot according to their caprice,
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • The desert is a capricious lady, and sometimes she drives men crazy.
    Paulo Coelho  --  The Alchemist
  • but it is ridiculous thus to yield to the caprices of an old man, and I shall, therefore, act according to my conscience.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • ...his pride and caprice were the cause, of all that Jane had suffered, and still continued to suffer.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • the essence of teenage capriciousness
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • That girl’s hard and haughty and capricious to the last degree, and has been brought up by Miss Havisham to wreak revenge on all the male sex.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • Spring had come once more to Green Gables—the beautiful capricious, reluctant Canadian spring,
    Lucy Maud Montgomery  --  Anne Of Green Gables
  • Fortune made me the victim of her caprices;
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Bahorel, a man of caprice, was scattered over numerous cafes; the others had habits, he had none.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • ...he who, to satisfy a caprice of his corrupt heart, is about to make England shed so much blood,
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • ...we charge you formally with ... and taking capricious and unlicensed liberties in censoring the letters of officers and enlisted men.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Nothing was said for some moments, while a succession of riotous waves rolled by, which by one of those occasional caprices of the seas were tumbling, not heaving it.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Mamma was an abject slave to their caprices, but Papa was not so easily subjugated,
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • you can’t imagine, Dmitri Prokofitch, how moody and, so to say, capricious he is.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • The aunt was a capricious woman,
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • He thought this was but a mood, a caprice, and he was too proud to lend himself to it once again.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • my capricious little Capri maiden
    Henrik Ibsen  --  A Doll’s House
  • From her infancy, she had been surrounded with servants, who lived only to study her caprices; the idea that they had either feelings or rights had never dawned upon her, even in distant perspective.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • ...they were coming down with the strange, capricious disease which came later to be known as radiation sickness.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • they fluttered, chirping and frolicking from bush to bush, and tree to tree, capricious from the very profusion and variety around them.
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • So capriciously were the people moved, that tears immediately rolled down several ferocious countenances which had been glaring at the prisoner a moment before, as if with impatience to pluck him out into the streets and kill him.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
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