asinine

adjective as·i·nine \ ˈa-sə-ˌnīn \

Definition of asinine

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

asininely

adverb

asininity

play \ˌa-sə-ˈni-nə-tē\ noun

Examples of asinine in a Sentence

  1. … 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 McCarterNew York Times Book Review4 Jan. 2009
  2. 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 Economist13-19 June 2009
  3. 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 HiltbrandPeople Weekly11 Mar. 1991
  4. it was asinine to run into the street like that

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Origin and Etymology of asinine

Latin asininus, from asinus ass

Synonym Discussion of 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


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