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  • inquisitiveness; the tendency to ask questions, investigate, or explore
         Cats have a natural curiosity that sometimes gets them in trouble.
         Out of curiosity, why are you wearing your shirt backwards? (means, "I am just wondering")
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia



CURIOSITY, n. An objectionable quality of the female mind. The
desire to know whether or not a woman is cursed with curiosity is one
of the most active and insatiable passions of the masculine soul.
- 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue



Cu`ri*os"i*ty (kū`r&ibreve;*&obreve;s"&ibreve;*t&ybreve;), n.; pl. Curiosities (- t&ibreve;z). [OE. curiouste, curiosite, OF. curioseté, curiosité, F. curiosité, 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.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)



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