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pococurante

[poh-koh-koo-ran-tee, -rahn-, -kyoo-; Italian paw-kaw-koo-rahn-te] /ˌpoʊ koʊ kʊˈræn ti, -ˈrɑn-, -kyʊ-; Italian ˌpɔ kɔ kuˈrɑn tɛ/
noun, plural pococuranti
[poh-koh-koo-ran-tee, -rahn-, -kyoo-; Italian paw-kaw-koo-rahn-tee] /ˌpoʊ koʊ kʊˈræn ti, -ˈrɑn-, -kyʊ-; Italian ˌpɔ kɔ kuˈrɑn ti/ (Show IPA)
1.
a careless or indifferent person.
adjective
2.
caring little; indifferent; nonchalant.
Origin of pococurante
1755-1765
1755-65; < Italian: literally, caring little. See poco, cure, -ant
Related forms
pococurantism
[poh-koh-koo-ran-tiz-uh m, -rahn-, -kyoo-] /ˌpoʊ koʊ kʊˈræn tɪz əm, -ˈrɑn-, -kyʊ-/ (Show IPA),
pococuranteism, noun
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  • While dinner was getting ready, pococurante ordered a concert.

    Voltaire's Romances Franois-Marie Arouet
  • While they were waiting for dinner pococurante ordered a concert.

    Candide Voltaire
  • But for myself, although I assure you not a pococurante, I cannot help thinking there is no slight dash of the commonplace.'

    Sketches Benjamin Disraeli
  • Martin found there was a good deal of reason in pococurante's remarks.

    Candide Voltaire
  • For me, as you may have found out, I am the pococurante senator, and above all things very free in saying what I think.

British Dictionary definitions for pococurante

pococurante

/ˌpəʊkəʊkjʊˈræntɪ/
noun
1.
a person who is careless or indifferent
adjective
2.
indifferent or apathetic
Derived Forms
pococuranteism, pococurantism, noun
Word Origin
C18: from Italian, from poco little + curante caring
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