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capricious
used in War and Peace

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Definition
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
  • he could not sacrifice his own happiness to his father's caprice
    Book Six — 1808-10 (82% in)
caprice = impulsive wishes
  • At the appointed hour the prince, powdered and shaven, entered the dining room where his daughter-in-law, Princess Mary, and Mademoiselle Bourienne were already awaiting him together with his architect, who by a strange caprice of his employer's was admitted to table though the position of that insignificant individual was such as could certainly not have caused him to expect that honor.
    Book One — 1805 (90% in)
  • He had the air of a man oppressed by business, weary and suffering, who yet would not, for pity's sake, leave this helpless youth who, after all, was the son of his old friend and the possessor of such enormous wealth, to the caprice of fate and the designs of rogues.
    Book Three — 1805 (2% in)
  • And the little princess began to cry capriciously like a suffering child and to wring her little hands even with some affectation.
    Book Four — 1806 (56% in)
  • But what it was, no one could tell: it might be some caprice of a sick and half-crazy man, or it might relate to public affairs, or possibly to family concerns.
    Book Ten — 1812 (23% in)
  • "Yes, my dear friend," he began, "such is fortune's caprice.
    Book Eleven — 1812 (80% in)
  • Gervinus, Schlosser, and others, for instance, at one time prove Napoleon to be a product of the Revolution, of the ideas of 1789 and so forth, and at another plainly say that the campaign of 1812 and other things they do not like were simply the product of Napoleon's misdirected will, and that the very ideas of 1789 were arrested in their development by Napoleon's caprice.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (77% in)
  • In regard to the migration of the peoples it does not enter anyone's head today to suppose that the renovation of the European world depended on Attila's caprice.
    Book Fifteen — 1812-13 (94% in)

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