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MERCURIAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Mercurial mean? 

MERCURIAL (adjective)
  The adjective MERCURIAL has 4 senses:

1. liable to sudden unpredictable change
2. relating to or under the (astrological) influence of the planet Mercury
3. relating to or having characteristics (eloquence, shrewdness, swiftness, thievishness) attributed to the god Mercury
4. relating to or containing or caused by mercury

  Familiarity information: MERCURIAL used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


MERCURIAL (adjective)


Sense 1mercurial [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Liable to sudden unpredictable change

Synonyms:

mercurial; quicksilver; erratic; fickle

Context examples:

erratic behavior / fickle weather / mercurial twists of temperament / a quicksilver character, cool and willful at one moment, utterly fragile the next

Similar:

changeable; changeful (such that alteration is possible; having a marked tendency to change)


Sense 2Mercurial [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Relating to or under the (astrological) influence of the planet Mercury

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

the Mercurial canals

Pertainym:

Mercury (the smallest planet and the nearest to the sun)


Sense 3Mercurial [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Relating to or having characteristics (eloquence, shrewdness, swiftness, thievishness) attributed to the god Mercury

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

more than Mercurial thievishness

Pertainym:

Mercury ((Roman mythology) messenger of Jupiter and god of commerce; counterpart of Greek Hermes)


Sense 4mercurial [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Relating to or containing or caused by mercury

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context examples:

mercurial preparations / mercurial sore mouth

Pertainym:

mercury (a heavy silvery toxic univalent and bivalent metallic element; the only metal that is liquid at ordinary temperatures)


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