Curiosity 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. [1913 Webster]

When thou wast in thy gilt and thy perfume, they mocked thee for too much curiosity. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

A screen accurately cut in tapiary work . . . with great curiosity. --Evelin. [1913 Webster]

2. Disposition to inquire, investigate, or seek after knowledge; a desire to gratify the mind with new information or objects of interest; inquisitiveness. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. That which is curious, or fitted to excite or reward attention. [1913 Webster]

We took a ramble together to see the curiosities of this great town. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster] ||

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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