Saturday, November 9, 2013

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mercurial

[mer-kyoor-ee-uhl]

adjective
1. changeable; volatile; fickle; flighty; erratic: a mercurial nature.
2. animated; lively; sprightly; quick-witted.
3. pertaining to, containing, or caused by the metal mercury.
4. (initial capital letter) of or pertaining to the god Mercury.
5. (initial capital letter) of or pertaining to the planet Mercury.

noun
6. Pharmacology. a preparation of mercury used as a drug.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin mercuriālis of, pertaining to the god or planet Mercury. See mercury, -al1
Related forms
mer·cu·ri·al·ly, adverb
mer·cu·ri·al·ness, mer·cu·ri·al·i·ty, noun
un·mer·cur·i·al, adjective
un·mer·cur·i·al·ly, adverb
un·mer·cur·i·al·ness, noun

Synonyms
1. inconstant, indecisive. 2. spirited.

Antonyms
1. constant, steady. 2. phlegmatic.

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