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pococurante

[poh-koh-koo-ran-tee, -rahn-, -kyoo-; Italian paw-kaw-koo-rahn-te]
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noun, plural po·co·cu·ran·ti [poh-koh-koo-ran-tee, -rahn-, -kyoo-; Italian paw-kaw-koo-rahn-tee] /ˌpoʊ koʊ kʊˈræn ti, -ˈrɑn-, -kyʊ-; Italian ˌpɔ kɔ kuˈrɑn ti/.
  1. a careless or indifferent person.
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adjective
  1. caring little; indifferent; nonchalant.
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Origin of pococurante

1755–65; < Italian: literally, caring little. See poco, cure, -ant
Related formspo·co·cu·ran·tism [poh-koh-koo-ran-tiz-uh m, -rahn-, -kyoo-] /ˌpoʊ koʊ kʊˈræn tɪz əm, -ˈrɑn-, -kyʊ-/, po·co·cu·ran·te·ism, noun
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Historical Examples

  • Pococurantism” is a 209 word, now not uncommon in English, contributed by Voltaire to the vocabulary of literature.

    French Classics

    William Cleaver Wilkinson

  • "Pococurantism" is a word, now not uncommon in English, contributed by Voltaire to the vocabulary of literature.

    Classic French Course in English

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British Dictionary definitions for pococurantism

pococurante

noun
  1. a person who is careless or indifferent
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adjective
  1. indifferent or apathetic
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Derived Formspococuranteism or pococurantism, noun

Word Origin

C18: from Italian, from poco little + curante caring
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