fa·​tu·​i·​ty | \ fə-ˈtü-ət-ē How to pronounce fatuity (audio) , fa-, -ˈchü-, -ˈtyü- \
plural fatuities

Definition of fatuity

1a : something foolish or stupid
2 archaic : the condition of being affected with intellectual disability or dementia

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Examples of fatuity in a Sentence

the fatuity of these policies politicians exchanging fatuities about the need for campaign reform
Recent Examples on the Web Their work, in and out of power, is to dress up the atavistic avarice and self-serving fatuity of the wealthy people who fund and shape conservative politics as an ideology. David Roth, The New Republic, "American Psycho," 9 June 2020

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First Known Use of fatuity

circa 1548, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for fatuity

Middle French fatuité foolishness, from Latin fatuitat-, fatuitas, from fatuus

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The first known use of fatuity was circa 1548

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“Fatuity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fatuity. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of fatuity

: a foolish or stupid quality : a fatuous quality
: something foolish or stupid : a fatuous remark

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