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Meaning of MERCURIAL

Pronunciation:  mur'kyûreeul

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  liable to sudden unpredictable change; "erratic behavior"; "fickle weather"; "mercurial twists of temperament"; "a quicksilver character, cool and willful at one moment, utterly fragile the next"
  2. [adj]  relating to or containing or caused by mercury; "mercurial preparations"; "mercurial sore mouth"
  3. [adj]  relating to or having characteristics (eloquence, shrewdness, swiftness, thievishness) attributed to the god Mercury; "more than Mercurial thievishness"
  4. [adj]  relating to or under the (astrological) influence of the planet Mercury; "the Mercurial canals"

MERCURIAL is a 9 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: changeable, changeful, erratic, fickle, quicksilver(a)



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Mer*cu"ri*al\, a. [L. mercurialis, fr. Mercurius
    Mercury: cf. F. mercuriel.]
    1. Having the qualities fabled to belong to the god Mercury;
       swift; active; sprightly; fickle; volatile; changeable;
       as, a mercurial youth; a mercurial temperament.
             A mercurial man Who fluttered over all things like a
             fan.                                  --Byron.
    2. Having the form or image of Mercury; -- applied to ancient
       guideposts. [Obs.] --Chillingworth.
    3. Of or pertaining to Mercury as the god of trade; hence,
       money-making; crafty.
             The mercurial wand of commerce.       --J. Q. Adams.
    4. Of or pertaining to, or containing, mercury; as, mercurial
       preparations, barometer. See {Mercury}, 2.
    5. (Med.) Caused by the use of mercury; as, mercurial sore
  2. \Mer*cu"ri*al\, n.
    1. A person having mercurial qualities. --Bacon.
    2. (Med.) A preparation containing mercury.
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