Pococurantism

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Pococurantism Carelessness; apathy; indifference.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pococurantism The character, disposition, or habits of a pococurante; extreme indifference, apathy, or carelessness; inaccuracy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Pococurantism carelessness: inaccuracy
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Etymology

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 Fran├žois-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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