mercurial mercurial  /mər ˈkjʊ ri əl/


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



  1. Sandra's mercurial temper often got her into trouble but the board had had enough and it decided to take disciplinary action against her.
  2. Messi is a mercurial forward and is definitely going to make an impact on the fortunes of his team.
  3. We don't care for Mr Gorky's mercurial ways anymore than we care for for Mr David's slovenly ways.


  1. Review: Prince Sings About Rubbing On Ta-Tas On 'Ain't Gonna Miss U...'

    Prince rediscovers his inner nasty on his new Ledisi collabo Here’s some advice: Don’t waste your time trying to figure Prince out. For well over 30 years, the mercurial music icon has reveled in confounding fans and critics with one shocking statement after another. In fact, he seems to get some twisted, eye-winking enjoyment out of it all. During the ‘80s, when Prince dominated that decade ...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Vibe Magazine

  2. Slap Shot: A Glimpse of Where Chicago Hockey Was in 1934

    An article in The Chicagoan in 1934 profiles Maj. Frederic McLaughlin, the Hawks’ mercurial owner.        
    on June 13, 2013     Source: New York Times

  3. AEG CEO: Michael Jackson ‘Mercurial’, ‘Impossible To Do Business With’

    The top executive for concert promoter AEG testified Tuesday that Michael Jackson was "mercurial" and "impossible to do business with" as he took the stand for the fifth day in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the late singer's mother.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: CBS 2 Los Angeles


  1. Marco Pierre White stated that, "A little piece of Britain died yesterday which will never be replaced. He was an individual, he was a maverick, he was mercurial, he was magical, he was special, he was rare."
    on Sep 15, 2009 By: Marco Pierre White Source: Wikinews

  2. "Menacing, mercurial, droll and diabolical, Heath Ledger as The Joker in The Dark Knight kept us all on edge, anxious to see what act of appalling mischief he might commit next," Kline said. "With this ...... performance, as well as with a...
    on Feb 22, 2009 By: Kevin Kline Source:

  3. Linnell says the Dust Brothers "work slowly and intuitively. John and I tend to be pretty mercurial. ...... I attribute that to an opposite choice of recreational chemicals. For us that would be coffee. They appeared to be stoned much of the time."
    on Nov 28, 2007 By: John Linnell Source: Kansas City Star

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