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curiosity

[kyoo r-ee-os-i-tee]
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noun, plural cu·ri·os·i·ties.
  1. the desire to learn or know about anything; inquisitiveness.
  2. a curious, rare, or novel thing.
  3. a strange, curious, or interesting quality.
  4. Archaic. carefulness; fastidiousness.
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Origin of curiosity

1350–1400; Middle English curiosite (< Anglo-French) < Latin cūriōsitās. See curious, -ity
Related formsnon·cu·ri·os·i·ty, nouno·ver·cu·ri·os·i·ty, noun
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Related Words for curiosity

interest, concern, eagerness, inquisitiveness, regard, meddling, questioning, nosiness, investigation, prying, interestingness, intrusiveness, officiousness, marvel, nonesuch, bygone, oddity, prodigy, trinket, rarity

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British Dictionary definitions for curiosity

curiosity

noun plural -ties
  1. an eager desire to know; inquisitiveness
    1. the quality of being curious; strangeness
    2. (as modifier)the ring had curiosity value only
  2. something strange or fascinating
  3. a rare or strange object; curio
  4. obsolete fastidiousness
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Word Origin and History for curiosity

n.

late 14c., "careful attention to detail," also "desire to know or learn" (originally usually in a bad sense), from Old French curiosete "curiosity, avidity, choosiness" (Modern French curiosité), from Latin curiositatem (nominative curiositas) "desire of knowledge, inquisitiveness," from curiosus (see curious). Neutral or good sense is from early 17c. Meaning "an object of interest" is from 1640s.

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