asinine | asininity

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Meaning(s)

very foolish or silly

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asinine - foolish

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Something ‘asinine’ is considered to be extremely stupid and anti-intellectual. It is a formal word that is used, like the similar ‘inane’, as a forceful yet polite way to express that you find somebody or something incredibly idiotic. Always used in a negative context.

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Synonyms nonsensical
Antonyms intellectual

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  1. Claire made an asinine remark that lowered the tone of the meeting, but she was quick to apologize.

  2. The spokesperson was getting visibly frustrated by the series of asinine questions the reporters were asking him.

  3. There is a much higher degree of asininity on television today than there was 20 years ago.

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