asinine

adjective
as·​i·​nine | \ ˈa-sə-ˌnīn How to pronounce asinine (audio) \

Definition of asinine

1 : extremely or utterly foolish or silly an asinine excuse
2 : of, relating to, or resembling an ass

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Other Words from asinine

asininely adverb
asininity \ ˌa-​sə-​ˈni-​nə-​tē How to pronounce asininity (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for asinine

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

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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Bulgaria got a bad reputation from asinine American comedians who perpetuated the old communist stereotype of squat men and women with unibrows and thick necks who shave twice a day. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Gov. J.B. Pritzker should establish an Office of GSGBO (Get Stoned or Get the Bleep Out) to make a few bucks off those fleeing the state," 27 June 2019 Dolan has run the Knicks for two decades—two decades of lousy basketball, horrible management, petty feuds, asinine vendettas and blaming anybody who blames him. Michael Rosenberg, SI.com, "All Cap Space, No Substance: Knicks Think They’re Something, but They’re Nothing," 1 July 2019 Aside from the asinine name, in practice these usually turn out to be artisanally rendered fruit punches. Corey Seymour, Vogue, "Finally: What to Drink When You're Not Drinking," 1 June 2018 Hopefully the physics of that act would dissuade your first-time builder from copying such an asinine action, or an external tutorial would teach them the right way. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "PC Building Simulator might be one of the most important DIY enthusiast tools ever created," 31 Mar. 2018 This perplexing nod might beef up Norwell’s market value, and his franchise-tag number is already inflated by the NFL’s asinine practice of lumping all linemen into the same pricing category. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "Ranking the NFL's Neediest Teams," 9 Feb. 2018 Moss, unfortunately, has become an emblem of junk art, having appeared in one of the most inept films ever made (Queen of Earth) and some of the most asinine television (Mad Men, The Handmaid’s Tale). Armond White, National Review, "The Square Might Be the Film of the Year," 27 Oct. 2017 Braying in both human and asinine form, Danny Burstein munches the scenery marvelously. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ as Light as the Open Air," 31 July 2017 Our town officials need to just STOP with these asinine ideas and leave things alone. Mark Price, charlotteobserver, "A small town fuss erupts: Does Waxhaw have a ‘water tower’ or ‘water tank’?," 19 June 2017

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First Known Use of asinine

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for asinine

Latin asininus, from asinus ass

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