pococurante


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po·co·cu·ran·te

 (pō′kō-ko͝o-răn′tē, -rän′tĕ)
adj.
Indifferent; apathetic.
n.
One who does not care.

[Italian : poco, little; see poco + curante, present participle of curare, to care for (from Latin cūrāre, from cūra, care).]

po′co·cu·ran′tism n.

pococurante

(ˌpəʊkəʊkjʊˈræntɪ)
n
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a person who is careless or indifferent
adj
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) indifferent or apathetic
[C18: from Italian, from poco little + curante caring]
ˌpococuˈranteism, ˌpococuˈrantism n

po•co•cu•ran•te

(ˌpoʊ koʊ kʊˈræn ti, -ˈrɑn-, -kyʊ-)

n., pl. -ti (-ti)
adj. n.
1. a careless or indifferent person.
adj.
2. caring little; indifferent.
[1755–65; < Italian: literally, caring little. See poco, cure, -ant]
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However, the "aristocratic distance" conjoined with capricious selection lacking vast and sympathetic knowledge led directly to the attitude of a Voltaire--reflected in the Venetian noble Pococurante (who in Candide cultivated sprezzatura/aloofness with a vengeance, rejecting almost everything except for a few verses by Virgil and Horace: he is the one about whom Candide states that "nothing can please him"), as well as in the attitude of a scholar who wishes to be appreciated on the number of things he rejected, and not--like modern man--on the inclusiveness of his sympathies.
There is a wonderful scene in chapter 25 of Voltaire's Candide in which the latter, along with a companion, Martin, arrive in Venice and decide to pay a visit to a Venetian noble named Pococurante.