curiosity

[kyoor-ee-os-i-tee]
noun, plural curiosities.
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.

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

noncuriosity, noun
overcuriosity, noun
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curiosity (ˌkjʊərɪˈɒsɪtɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  an eager desire to know; inquisitiveness
2.  a.  the quality of being curious; strangeness
 b.  (as modifier): the ring had curiosity value only
3.  something strange or fascinating
4.  a rare or strange object; curio
5.  obsolete fastidiousness

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curiosity
late 14c., "careful attention to detail," also "desire to know or learn" (originally usually in a bad sense), from O.Fr. curiosité, from L. curiositatem, from curiosus (see curious). Neutral or good sense is from early 17c. Meaning "an object of interest" is from 1640s.
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Example sentences
Among their shared characteristics are the desire to excel and an inherent
  curiosity about geography and the world around them.
The space is designed to inspire, engage, and pique curiosity and encourage
  visitors to express their own creativity.
The natives brought her several seedless oranges, which were a curiosity to her.
Cravings and curiosity, rather than price tags, often guide what lands in my
  grocery cart.
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