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curiosity

[kyoo r-ee-os-i-tee] /ˌkyʊər iˈɒs ɪ ti/
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
1350-1400; Middle English curiosite (< Anglo-French) < Latin cūriōsitās. See curious, -ity
Related forms
noncuriosity, noun
overcuriosity, noun
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curiosity

/ˌkjʊərɪˈɒsɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
an eager desire to know; inquisitiveness
2.
  1. the quality of being curious; strangeness
  2. (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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Word Origin and History for noncuriosity

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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