Curious

Definition of Curious

Cu´ri`ous   Pronunciation: k?´r?-?s
a.1.Difficult to please or satisfy; solicitous to be correct; careful; scrupulous; nice; exact.
Little curious in her clothes.
- Fuller.
How shall we,
If he be curious, work upon his faith?
- Beau. & Fl.
2.Exhibiting care or nicety; artfully constructed; elaborate; wrought with elegance or skill.
To devise curious works.
- Ex. xxxv. 32
His body couched in a curious bed.
- Shak.
3.Careful or anxious to learn; eager for knowledge; given to research or inquiry; habitually inquisitive; prying; - sometimes with after or of.
It is a pity a gentleman so very curious after things that were elegant and beautiful should not have been as curious as to their origin, their uses, and their natural history.
- Woodward.
4.Exciting attention or inquiry; awakening surprise; inviting and rewarding inquisitiveness; not simple or plain; strange; rare.
A multitude of curious analogies.
- Macaulay.
Many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore.
- E. A. Poe.
Curious arts
magic.
Many . . . which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them.
- Acts xix. 19.

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