Vocabulary: mercurial – clever & shrewd or changeable & fickle


Title: Dead or Alive
Author: Tom Clancy
Author: Grant Blackwood
Sentence: No Matter. Omens were mercurial, and meaning was always open to interpretation.
Page: 89

Word: mercurial
Definition:
  • having qualities attributed to the god Mercury or supposedly influenced by the planet Mercury; eloquent, clever, shrewd, thievish, etc.
  • having qualities suggestive of mercury; quick, quick-witted, volatile, changeable, fickle, etc.
   Source: YourDictionary.com

Qualities of the god, Mercury, or the metal, mercury, give this word quite a wide meaning.

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