mer|cu´ri|al|ness


mer|cu´ri|al|ness
mer|cu|ri|al «muhr KYUR ee uhl», adjective, noun.
–adj.
1. a) sprightly and animated; quick: »

I was ardent in my temperament; quick, mercurial, impetuous (Washington Irving).

SYNONYM(S): agile. b) changeable; fickle: »

mercurial breezes. Mercurial currency exchange rates are proving to be of dollars-and-cents significance (Wall Street Journal).

SYNONYM(S): variable, volatile.
2. caused by the use of mercury: »

mercurial poisoning.

3. containing mercury: »

a mercurial ointment.

–n.
a drug containing mercury.
[< Latin mercuriālis < Mercurius Mercury (originally) the god; the planet]
mer|cu´ri|al|ly, adverb.
mer|cu´ri|al|ness, noun.

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