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curiosity

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noun cu·ri·os·i·ty \ˌkyu̇r-ē-ˈä-s(ə-)tē\

Simple Definition of curiosity

  • : the desire to learn or know more about something or someone

  • : something that is interesting because it is unusual

Full Definition of curiosity

plural cu·ri·os·i·ties

  1. 1 :  desire to know: a :  inquisitive interest in others' concerns :  nosiness b :  interest leading to inquiry <intellectual curiosity>

  2. 2 archaic :  undue nicety or fastidiousness

  3. 3 a :  one that arouses interest especially for uncommon or exotic characteristics b :  an unusual knickknack :  curio c :  a curious trait or aspect

Examples of curiosity

  1. Her natural curiosity led her to ask more questions.

  2. The arrival of a construction crew at their house attracted the curiosity of their neighbors.

  3. The movie failed to satisfy her curiosity about the assassination.

  4. Tobacco was once a curiosity in Europe.

  5. The antique shop was full of curiosities.



14th Century

First Known Use of curiosity

14th century

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