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

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 Molière escapes fatuity with his candor that what restores a universe unbalanced by intellectual obsession is, most often, normal erotic appetite. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 1 Feb. 2022 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, 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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“Fatuity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fatuity. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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