[ UK /mɜːkjˈʊɹɪəl/ ]
[ US /mɝkˈjʊɹiəɫ/ ]
  1. relating to or containing or caused by mercury
    mercurial preparations
    mercurial sore mouth
  2. liable to sudden unpredictable change
    mercurial twists of temperament
    fickle weather
    a quicksilver character, cool and willful at one moment, utterly fragile the next
    erratic behavior
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How To Use mercurial In A Sentence

  • As for Venus, the dates of Mercurial transits are spaced by six months: they all fall within a few days of May 8 and November 10.
  • Uranian mind-vibes can sometimes get Mercurial Virgos overwrought and on edge.
  • There are a couple of mercurial piano and violin solos but the minimalist harmonies keep calm and carry on. Times, Sunday Times
  • Played with mercurial Elan by Joseph Fiennes, Shakespeare gets unlocked when he meets Viola de Lesseps (Gwyneth Paltrow, sizzling with sensual intelligence), a stage-struck young aristocrat who disguises herself as a boy so she can act in the males-only Elizabethan theater. Close-Up On Will
  • Inhalation of mercury vapor over a long period may cause mercurialism which is characterized by fine tremors and erethism" "" Erethism may be manifested by abnormal shyness, blushing, self-consciousness, depression or despondency, resentment of criticism, irritability or excitability, headache, fatigue and insomnia. THE MERCURY MISCHIEF: As Obama Warns of Hazards, the FDA Approves Mercury Dental Fillings
  • Back in 1971, the mercurial Alex Murphy pulled off a minor miracle when unfancied Leigh toppled red-hot favourites Leeds to win the Challenge Cup final at Wembley.
  • He then embarked upon a legal career which was characterised by often brilliant legal exposition, and mercurial temperament.
  • During his four years in office, Mr. Chen has proven to be a mercurial and unpredictable leader.
  • Tejat and Dirah are both located in the left foot of Pollux, so traditionally share the Mercurial / Venus nature.
  • Results from experiments with mercurials must be viewed with caution because mercury also blocks the pores of other transmembrane proteins, some of which are involved in ion transport.
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