whimsicality


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  • noun

Synonyms for whimsicality

the trait of acting unpredictably and more from whim or caprice than from reason or judgment

the trait of behaving like an imp

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The story calls to mind the kind of liveliness and whimsicality attributed to some Zen masters as evidenced by the accounts of the Mumonkan and Hekiganroku.
The iconic Radio Brynsiencyn programme, adored by listeners across Wales for its engaging whimsicality, was started by Ian and his wife in 1984.
This kind of pointed satire is rare in the book, but amid the running stream of whimsicality it comes off quite refreshing.
A fussy mid-60s setting for Wes Anderson whimsicality that's just as corny, in its own fey way.
Lowell's dispatches, as one critic has noted, were "not without a great deal of political sagacity, but they are written in his characteristic epistolary vein-humorous, pathetic, frank, sometimes bookish with his habitual whimsicality only a little chastened by any sense of occasion.
The Whimsicality cases implicitly support the assumption that
This citation exemplifies the whimsicality and bourgeois insouciance that too frequently characterizes Kuyper's illustrations of common grace.
The new style--introduced by philosophers and writers such as Shaftesbury, Temple, Addison, and Pope, rather than by professional gardeners--was not characterized by a predilection for the whimsicality of nature, but rather by the image of the whimsicality and irregularity of nature (Tobey 128-35).
What will happen to the Shariah tenets, which are fundamentally divine matters, when they fall into human hands which are subject to human, fallible norms such as perception, memory, interpretation, whimsicality and personal interest?
Still, the 1766 volume is as peculiar and as entertaining as the 1756 one--with the added whimsicality of Buncle's ability to contract many marriages (seven, I think) as the tale proceeds.
For Brodsky, any kind of orthodoxy was inimical: "the surest defense against Evil is extreme individualism, originality of thinking, whimsicality, even--if you will--eccentricity" (LTO 385).
It has been too easy to overlook Melies's importance as a truly great artist, valuing his work for its technical innovations but dismissing it as merely clever tricks for comic effect, and I suppose it has been a little bit the same with Breer and his whimsicality, not to mention the aw-shucks demeanor he always maintained.
Many readers since, familiar with Lamb as a poet of mournful sensibility, and, in the guise of "Elia," as a "familiar" essayist of paradox and whimsicality, have echoed Southey's bewilderment.
33) Arcimboldo's whimsicality is transformed into phantasmagorical optical illusions of incongruous fantastic flora and fauna.
Unfortunately, as the lack of events continues to unfold, the whimsicality of the meandering characters on this particular bateau ivre soon becomes wearisome, and readers, when contemplating this interesting but failed literary experiment, may come to wonder why they embarked on this cruise ship in the first place.