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Meaning of CURIOSITY

Pronunciation:  `kyûree'âsitee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  something unusual -- perhaps worthy of collecting
  2. [n]  a state in which you want to learn more about something

CURIOSITY is a 9 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: curio, oddity, oddment, peculiarity, rarity, wonder
 See Also: cognitive state, collector's item, curiousness, desire to know, inquisitiveness, interest, involvement, lust for learning, piece de resistance, showpiece, state of mind, stuff, sundries, sundry, thirst for knowledge, whatchamacallit, whatsis



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Cu`ri*os"i*ty\ (k[=u]`r[i^]*[o^]s"[i^]*t[y^]), n.;
pl. {Curiosities} (-t[i^]z). [OE. curiouste, curiosite, OF.
curioset['e], curiosit['e], F. curiosit['e], fr. L.
curiositas, fr. curiosus. See {Curious}, and cf. {Curio}.]
1. The state or quality or being curious; nicety; accuracy;
   exactness; elaboration. [Obs.] --Bacon.

         When thou wast in thy gilt and thy perfume, they
         mocked thee for too much curiosity.   --Shak.

         A screen accurately cut in tapiary work . . . with
         great curiosity.                      --Evelin.

2. Disposition to inquire, investigate, or seek after
   knowledge; a desire to gratify the mind with new
   information or objects of interest; inquisitiveness.

3. That which is curious, or fitted to excite or reward

         We took a ramble together to see the curiosities of
         this great town.                      --Addison.

         There hath been practiced also a curiosity, to set a
         tree upon the north side of a wall, and, at a little
         hieght, to draw it through the wall, etc. --Bacon.

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