Pococurante

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pococurante A careless person; a trifler.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pococurante A person characterized by want of care, interest, attention, or the like; an apathetic, careless, easy, inaccurate person.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pococurante pō-kō-kōō-ran′te a careless or inattentive person
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It. poco curante, caring little
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
It. poco, little, curare, to care.

Usage

In literature:

It is queer the fantastic things that quite good people will do in order to keep up their appearance of calm pococurantism.
"The Good Soldier" by Ford Madox Ford
However modern, Cecily, it was clear, had caught nothing of the disease of pococurantism.
"The Emancipated" by George Gissing
Candide immediately sent to ask the Lord Pococurante permission to wait upon him the next day.
"Candide" by Voltaire
Candide thereupon sent a messenger to Seignior Pococurante, desiring permission to wait on him the next day.
"Voltaire's Romances" by François-Marie Arouet
Candide thereupon sent a messenger to Signor Pococurante desiring permission to wait on him the next day.
"French Classics" by William Cleaver Wilkinson
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