Definition of asinine
1 : extremely or utterly foolish or silly an asinine excuse
2 : of, relating to, or resembling an ass
asininityplay \ˌa-sə-ˈni-nə-tē\ noun
Examples of asinine in a Sentence
… geniuses like Brando strike self and material together in a way that sets off some incomparable spark, radiating so much charisma that they get away with choices that would seem asinine from anyone else. —Jeremy McCarter, New York Times Book Review, 4 Jan. 2009
The boss of Wells Fargo has called the solvency tests “asinine”. The aim of such behaviour is presumably to convince regulators to focus the coming clampdown on the weakest banks. —The Economist, 13-19 June 2009
First the good news: There's one palatable piece of ear candy here, “Rocket O' Love.” While the words are asinine (“Shotgun, shing-a-ling/One, two, one two three, hey!!”), it's a hearty … rocker Billy Squier might like to call his own. —David Hiltbrand, People Weekly, 11 Mar. 1991
it was asinine to run into the street like that
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For the courts to keep their citizens out of a large section of the public sphere just because a tiny bit of it is objectionable is asinine.
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Origin and Etymology of asinine
Latin asininus, from asinus ass
First Known Use: 15th century
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