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cu·ri·os·i·ty

curiosity

 
 
pronunciation:
kyu ri a sih ti
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part of speech: noun
inflections: curiosities
definition 1: the desire to learn or know.
He read his great-grandmother's diary with great curiosity.
synonyms:
inquisitiveness
similar words:
interest, novelty
definition 2: an unusual or odd thing.
To many women today, a hat with a veil is just a curiosity.
synonyms:
novelty
similar words:
freak, marvel, oddity, peculiarity, wonder
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The word curiosity contains the following parts:
cur2 Latin root that means to care
-osity Latin noun-forming suffix that means state or condition of
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