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fatuous

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adjective fat·u·ous \ˈfa-chü-əs, -tyü-\

Simple Definition of fatuous

  • : foolish or stupid

Full Definition of fatuous

  1. :  complacently or inanely foolish :  silly <a fatuous remark>

fat·u·ous·ly adverb
fat·u·ous·ness noun

Examples of fatuous

  1. <the fatuous questions that the audience members asked after the lecture suggested to the oceanographer that they had understood little>

  2. <ignoring the avalanche warnings, the fatuous skiers continued on their course>



Origin of fatuous

Latin fatuus foolish


First Known Use: 1633

Synonym Discussion of fatuous

simple, foolish, silly, fatuous, asinine mean actually or apparently deficient in intelligence. simple implies a degree of intelligence inadequate to cope with anything complex or involving mental effort <considered people simple who had trouble with computers>. foolish implies the character of being or seeming unable to use judgment, discretion, or good sense <foolish stunts>. silly suggests failure to act as a rational being especially by ridiculous behavior <the silly antics of revelers>. fatuous implies foolishness, inanity, and disregard of reality <fatuous conspiracy theories>. asinine suggests utter and contemptible failure to use normal rationality or perception <an asinine plot>.


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