Curious

Cu"ri*ous

(k?"r?-?s), a. [OF. curios, curius, F. curieux, L. curiosus careful, inquisitive, fr. cura care. See Cure.] 1. Difficult to please or satisfy; solicitous to be correct; careful; scrupulous; nice; exact. [Obs.]
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Little curious in her clothes.
Fuller.
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How shall we,
If he be curious, work upon his faith?
Beau. & Fl.
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2. Exhibiting care or nicety; artfully constructed; elaborate; wrought with elegance or skill.
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To devise curious works.
Ex. xxxv. 32
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His body couched in a curious bed.
Shak.
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3. Careful or anxious to learn; eager for knowledge; given to research or inquiry; habitually inquisitive; prying; -- sometimes with after or of.
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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.
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4. Exciting attention or inquiry; awakening surprise; inviting and rewarding inquisitiveness; not simple or plain; strange; rare. "Acurious tale" Shak.
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A multitude of curious analogies.
Macaulay.
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Many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore.
E. A. Poe.
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Abstruse investigations in recondite branches of learning or sciense often bring to light curious results.
C. J. Smith.
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Curious arts, magic. [Obs.]
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Many . . . which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them.
Acts xix. 19.

Syn. -- Inquisitive; prying. See Inquisitive.
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