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Sickened and disgusted with the fickleness of mankind, I knew not where to turn.

Yet even the best position has its dangers on account of the fickleness of the elements.

Fickleness towards a lover is bad, but fickleness after playing the wife is wantonness.'

She had gone easily from one affair to another not so much from fickleness as from growth.

He only thought of himself as the blameless victim of a woman's fickleness.

He turned away, dreading the fickleness which is customary with women.

What a picture of the fickleness and treachery of the heart!

But mark the ingratitude of a people—the fickleness of a crowd.

She had too much self-respect to let him perceive that she resented his fickleness.

We are made provident and sagacious by the fickleness of our climate.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200, probably from Old English ficol "deceitful, cunning, tricky," related to befician "deceive," and to facen "deceit, treachery." Common Germanic (cf. Old Saxon fekan "deceit," Old High German feihhan "deceit, fraud, treachery"), from PIE *peig- "evil-minded, treacherous, hostile" (cf. Latin piget "it irks, troubles, displeases," piger "reluctant, lazy"). Sense of "changeable" is first recorded late 13c. Related: Fickleness.

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