Curiousity vs. Curiosity - What's the difference?


  • Curiosity

    Curiosity (from Latin cūriōsitās, from cūriōsus "careful, diligent, curious", akin to cura "care") is a quality related to inquisitive thinking such as exploration, investigation, and learning, evident by observation in humans and other animals. Curiosity is heavily associated with all aspects of human development, in which derives the process of learning and desire to acquire knowledge and skill.The term curiosity can also be used to denote the behavior or emotion of being curious, in regard to the desire to gain knowledge or information. Curiosity as a behavior and emotion is attributed over millennia as the driving force behind not only human development, but developments in science, language, and industry.


  • Curiousity (noun)

    misspelling of curiosity

  • Curiosity (noun)

    Inquisitiveness; the tendency to ask and learn about things by asking questions, investigating, or exploring. from 17th c.

  • Curiosity (noun)

    A unique or extraordinary object which arouses interest. from 17th c.

    "He put the strangely shaped rock in his curiosity cabinet."

  • Curiosity (noun)

    Careful, delicate construction; fine workmanship, delicacy of building. 16th-19th c.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Curiosity (noun)

    a strong desire to know or learn something

    "curiosity got the better of me, so I called him"

    "filled with curiosity, she peered through the window"

  • Curiosity (noun)

    an unusual or interesting object or fact

    "he showed them some of the curiosities of the house"

Webster Dictionary

  • Curiosity (noun)

    The state or quality or being curious; nicety; accuracy; exactness; elaboration.

  • Curiosity (noun)

    Disposition to inquire, investigate, or seek after knowledge; a desire to gratify the mind with new information or objects of interest; inquisitiveness.

  • Curiosity (noun)

    That which is curious, or fitted to excite or reward attention.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Curiosity (noun)

    a state in which you want to learn more about something

  • Curiosity (noun)

    something unusual -- perhaps worthy of collecting




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