Curiosity

Definition of Curiosity

Cu`ri`os´i`ty   Pronunciation: kū`rĭ`ǒs´ĭ`tŷ
n.1.The state or quality or being curious; nicety; accuracy; exactness; elaboration.
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 attention.
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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abnormality, anomaly, ardor, astonishing thing, astonishment, bauble, bric-a-brac, cathexis, concern, concernment, concupiscence, conversation piece, curio, desideration, desire, drive, eagerness, enthusiasm, exception, fancy, fantasy, freak, gazingstock, gewgaw, hope, horme, improbability, inquisitiveness, intellectual curiosity, interest, interestedness, interference, intrusiveness, libido, lust for learning, marvelment, matter of interest, meddlesomeness, mind, miracle, monstrosity, museum piece, need, nonesuch, nosiness, objet d'art, oddity, passion, pleasure, pleasure principle, prodigiosity, prodigy, prying, questioning, quite a thing, regard, sensation, sexual desire, sight, snooping, something else, special interest, spectacle, strange thing, stunner, thirst for knowledge, trinket, urge, want, wanting, will, will and pleasure, wish, wish fulfillment, wonder, wonderful thing, wonderment
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