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CURIOUS, a. [L., care. See Cure.]

1. Strongly desirous to see what is novel, or to discover what is unknown; solicitous to see or to know; inquisitive.

Be not curious in unnecessary matters, nor to pry into the concerns of your neighbors.

2. Habitually inquisitive; addicted to research or enquiry; as a man of a curious turn of mind; sometimes followed by after, and sometimes by of.

Curious after things elegant and beautiful; curious of antiquities.

3. Accurate; careful not to mistake; solicitous to be correct.

Men were not curious what syllables or particles they used.

4. Careful; nice; solicitous in selection; difficult to please.

A temperate man is not curious of delicacies.

5. Nice; exact; subtile; made with care.

Both these senses embrace their objects--with a more curious discrimination.

6. Artful; nicely diligent.

Each ornament about her seemly lies, by curious chance, or careless art, composed.

7. Wrought with care and art; elegant; neat; finished; as a curious girdle; curious work Exodus 28 and 30.

8. Requiring care and nicety; as curious arts. Acts 19.

9. Rigid; severe; particular. [Little used.]

10. Rare; singular; a a curious fact.



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CURIOUS, a. [L., care. See Cure.]

1. Strongly desirous to see what is novel, or to discover what is unknown; solicitous to see or to know; inquisitive.

Be not curious in unnecessary matters, nor to pry into the concerns of your neighbors.

2. Habitually inquisitive; addicted to research or enquiry; as a man of a curious turn of mind; sometimes followed by after, and sometimes by of.

Curious after things elegant and beautiful; curious of antiquities.

3. Accurate; careful not to mistake; solicitous to be correct.

Men were not curious what syllables or particles they used.

4. Careful; nice; solicitous in selection; difficult to please.

A temperate man is not curious of delicacies.

5. Nice; exact; subtile; made with care.

Both these senses embrace their objects--with a more curious discrimination.

6. Artful; nicely diligent.

Each ornament about her seemly lies, by curious chance, or careless art, composed.

7. Wrought with care and art; elegant; neat; finished; as a curious girdle; curious work Exodus 28 and 30.

8. Requiring care and nicety; as curious arts. Acts 19.

9. Rigid; severe; particular. [Little used.]

10. Rare; singular; a a curious fact.

CU'RI-OUS, a. [L. curiosus, from cura, care. See Cure.]

  1. Strongly desirous to see what is novel, or to discover what is unknown; solicitous to see or to know; inquisitive. Be not curious in unnecessary matters, nor to pry into the concerns of your neighbors. – Anon.
  2. Habitually inquisitive; addicted to research or inquiry; as, a man of a curious turn of mind; sometimes followed by after, and sometimes by of. Curious after things elegant and beautiful; curious of antiquities. – Woodward. Dryden.
  3. Accurate; careful not to mistake; solicitous to be correct. Men were not curious what syllables or particles they used. Hooker.
  4. Careful; nice; solicitous in selection; difficult to please. A temperate man is not curious of delicacies. – Taylor.
  5. Nice; exact; subtile; made with care. Both these senses embrace their objects … with a more curious discrimination. – Holder.
  6. Artful; nicely diligent. Each ornament about her seemly lies, / By curious chance, or careless art, composed. – Fairfax.
  7. Wrought with care and art; elegant; neat; finished as, a curious girdle; curious work. – Ex. xxviii. xxx.
  8. Requiring care and nicety; as, curious arts. – Acts xix.
  9. Rigid; severe; particular. [Little used.] – Shak.
  10. Rare; singular; as, a curious fact.

Cu"ri*ous
  1. Difficult to please or satisfy; solicitous to be correct; careful; scrupulous; nice; exact.

    [Obs.]

    Little curious in her clothes.
    Fuller.

    How shall we,
    If he be curious, work upon his faith?
    Beau. *** Fl.

  2. Exhibiting care or nicety] artfully constructed; elaborate; wrought with elegance or skill.

    To devise curious works.
    Ex. xxxv. 32

    His body couched in a curious bed.
    Shak.

  3. Careful or anxious to learn; eager for knowledge; given to research or inquiry; habitually inquisitive; prying; -- sometimes with after or of.

    It is a pity a gentleman so very curious after things that were elegant and beautiful should not have been as curious as to their origin, their uses, and their natural history.
    Woodward.

  4. Exciting attention or inquiry; awakening surprise; inviting and rewarding inquisitiveness; not simple or plain; strange; rare.

    "Acurious tale" Shak.

    A multitude of curious analogies.
    Macaulay.

    Many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore.
    E. A. Poe.

    Abstruse investigations in recondite branches of learning or sciense often bring to light curious results.
    C. J. Smith.

    Curious arts, magic. [Obs.]

    Many . . . which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them.
    Acts xix. 19.

    Syn. -- Inquisitive; prying. See Inquisitive.

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Curious

CURIOUS, adjective [Latin , care. See Cure.]

1. Strongly desirous to see what is novel, or to discover what is unknown; solicitous to see or to know; inquisitive.

Be not curious in unnecessary matters, nor to pry into the concerns of your neighbors.

2. Habitually inquisitive; addicted to research or enquiry; as a man of a curious turn of mind; sometimes followed by after, and sometimes by of.

CURIOUS after things elegant and beautiful; curious of antiquities.

3. Accurate; careful not to mistake; solicitous to be correct.

Men were not curious what syllables or particles they used.

4. Careful; nice; solicitous in selection; difficult to please.

A temperate man is not curious of delicacies.

5. Nice; exact; subtile; made with care.

Both these senses embrace their objects--with a more curious discrimination.

6. Artful; nicely diligent.

Each ornament about her seemly lies, by curious chance, or careless art, composed.

7. Wrought with care and art; elegant; neat; finished; as a curious girdle; curious work Exodus 28:8 and 30.

8. Requiring care and nicety; as curious arts. Acts 19:19.

9. Rigid; severe; particular. [Little used.]

10. Rare; singular; a a curious fact.

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

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He believes himself a man of importance.

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