Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (18701938). Rogets International Thesaurus. 1922.
Class V. Words Releasing to the Voluntary Powers Division (I) Individual Volition
Section I. Volition in General
1. Acts of Volition
NOUN: CAPRICE, fancy, humor; whim, whimsey or whimsy, whim-wham, crotchet, capriccio [ It.], quirk, freak, maggot, fad, vagary, prank, fit, flimflam, escapade, boutade [ obs.], wild-goose chase; capriciousness &c. adj.; kink.
VERB: BE CAPRICIOUS &c. adj.; have a maggot in the brain; take it into ones head, take the bit in ones teeth; strain at a gnat and swallow a camel; blow hot and cold; play fast and loose, play fantastic tricks; tourner casaque [ F.].
ADJECTIVE: CAPRICIOUS; erratic, eccentric, fitful, hysterical; full of whims &c. n.; maggoty; inconsistent, fanciful, fantastic, whimsical, crotchety, kinky [ U. S.], particular, humorsome, freakish, skittish, wanton, wayward; contrary; captious; unreasonable, unrestrained, undisciplined, not amenable to reason, arbitrary; unconformable [See Unconformity]; penny wise and pound foolish; fickle ( irresolute) [See Irresolution]; frivolous, sleeveless [ obs.], giddy, volatile.
ADVERB: BY FITS, by fits and starts, without rime or reason, at ones own sweet will; without counting the cost.
QUOTATIONS: Nil fuit unquam sic impar sibi.
The deuce is in him.