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Meaning of CURIOSITY

Pronunciation:  `kyûree'âsitee

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  something unusual -- perhaps worthy of collecting
  2. [n]  a state in which you want to learn more about something
 

CURIOSITY is a 9 letter word that starts with C.

 

 Synonyms: curio, oddity, oddment, peculiarity, rarity, wonder
 
 See Also: cognitive state, collector's item, curiousness, desire to know, inquisitiveness, interest, involvement, lust for learning, piece de resistance, showpiece, state of mind, stuff, sundries, sundry, thirst for knowledge, whatchamacallit, whatsis

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Cu`ri*os"i*ty\ (k[=u]`r[i^]*[o^]s"[i^]*t[y^]), n.;
pl. {Curiosities} (-t[i^]z). [OE. curiouste, curiosite, OF.
curioset['e], curiosit['e], F. curiosit['e], fr. L.
curiositas, fr. curiosus. See {Curious}, and cf. {Curio}.]
1. The state or quality or being curious; nicety; accuracy;
   exactness; elaboration. [Obs.] --Bacon.

         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.
   --Milton.

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.

 
Thesaurus Terms
 
 Related Terms: abnormality, amazement, 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, marvel, marvelment, matter of interest, meddlesomeness, mind, miracle, monstrosity, museum piece, need, nonesuch, nosiness, objet d'art, oddity, passion, phenomenon, pleasure, pleasure principle, prodigiosity, prodigy, prying, questioning, quite a thing, rarity, 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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