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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CURIOUS

He left her studying the card with a curious little flash of surprise.

It is curious to note the extent to which the unexpected has come about.

They were as yet quite ignorant but thanks to a happy Fate they were curious.

She went about looking at things, curious, touching them softly as if they were sacred.

At any rate the marshal smiled, and a curious flush came in Andrew's face.

It is a curious question why sacred song should so often be dull and commonplace.

The second point is a curious one, and all the more emphatic for being curious.

Mark was in many things an exception—a curious mixture of child and youth.

But she's a curious little party; sharp, without knowing it.

There was a curious mixture of complaint and satisfaction in Dick's tone.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., "eager to know" (often in a bad sense), from Old French curios "solicitous, anxious, inquisitive; odd, strange" (Modern French curieux) and directly from Latin curiosus "careful, diligent; inquiring eagerly, meddlesome," akin to cura "care" (see cure (n.)). The objective sense of "exciting curiosity" is 1715 in English. In booksellers' catalogues, the word means "erotic, pornographic." Curiouser and curiouser is from "Alice in Wonderland" (1865).

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