curiosity (n.) Old form(s): curiositie
scrupulousness, fastidiousness, painstaking attention to detail
KL I.i.6[Gloucester to Kent, of Albany and Cornwall] qualities are so weighed that curiosity in neither can make choice of either's moiety [i.e. even very careful weighing would not enable them to choose between the two shares]
KL I.ii.4[Edmund alone] Wherefore should I ... permit / The curiosity of nations to deprive me
KL I.iv.69[Lear to Third Knight, of the servants' neglect] which I have rather blamed as mine own jealous curiosity
Tim IV.iii.305[Apemantus to Timon, of humanity] When thou wast in thy gilt and thy perfume, they mocked thee for too much curiosity
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