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curiosity

[ kyoor-ee-os-i-tee ]
/ ˌkyʊər iˈɒs ɪ ti /
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noun, plural cu·ri·os·i·ties.

the desire to learn or know about anything; inquisitiveness.
a curious, rare, or novel thing.
a strange, curious, or interesting quality.
Archaic. carefulness; fastidiousness.

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Origin of curiosity

1350–1400; Middle English curiosite (<Anglo-French ) <Latin cūriōsitās.See curious, -ity

OTHER WORDS FROM curiosity

non·cu·ri·os·i·ty, nouno·ver·cu·ri·os·i·ty, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for curiosity

curiosity
/ (ˌkjʊərɪˈɒsɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

an eager desire to know; inquisitiveness
  1. the quality of being curious; strangeness
  2. (as modifier)the ring had curiosity value only
something strange or fascinating
a rare or strange object; curio
obsolete fastidiousness
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