mercurial definition

  • adjective:
    • Roman Mythology Of or relating to the god Mercury.
    • Astronomy Of or concerning the planet Mercury.
    • Having the traits of eloquence, shrewdness, swiftness, and thievishness caused by the god Mercury.
    • Containing or due to the activity of the element mercury.
    • Quick and changeable in temperament; volatile: a mercurial nature.
    • Volatile; erratic; unstable; flighty; fickle or changeable in temperament.
    • Lively; smart; sprightly; animated; quick-witted.
    • Of, or with respect to the factor mercury; containing mercury; brought on by the action of mercury or quicksilver.
    • Having faculties attributed to the Roman god Mercury, particularly swiftness, eloquence, shrewdness, and thievishness.
    • (frequently capitalized, see Mercurial) Of or related to the Roman god Mercury.
    • (usually capitalized, see Mercurial) Of or with respect to the earth Mercury; underneath the supposed astrological influence of this earth Mercury.
    • obtaining the attributes fabled to belong to the god Mercury; quick; active; sprightly; fickle; volatile; changeable
    • obtaining the kind or picture of Mercury; -- applied to ancient guideposts.
    • Of or pertaining to Mercury due to the fact god of trade; hence, money-making; crafty.
    • Of or regarding, or containing, mercury. See Mercury, 2.
    • due to the employment of mercury.
    • regarding or in (astrological) influence of the earth Mercury
    • liable to abrupt unpredictable modification
    • associated with or containing or due to mercury
    • relating to or having qualities (eloquence, shrewdness, swiftness, thievishness) attributed to the god Mercury
  • noun:
    • A pharmacological or substance planning containing mercury.
    • A chemical containing mercury.
    • you having mercurial characteristics.
    • A preparation containing mercury.
    • you possessing any of the qualities for the god Mercury; certainly one of mercurial temperament; a sprightly individual; in addition, one fond of trickery; a cheat or thief.
    • A preparation of mercury used as a drug.
  • others:
    • [capitalized] with respect to the god Mercury; having the kind or characteristics caused by Mercury.
    • Like Mercury in character; having the moral or mental qualities ascribed to the god Mercury, or supposed by astrologists to belong to those under his star, the planet Mercury; light-hearted; gay; active; sprightly; flighty; fickle; changeable; volatile.
    • Pertaining to Mercury as god of trade; thus, related to trade or money-making: as, mercurial activities.
    • regarding Mercury as herald; hence, offering intelligence; pointing on; directing.
    • Pertaining or regarding mercury or quicksilver.

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