stu·​pid·​i·​ty | \ stu̇-ˈpi-də-tē How to pronounce stupidity (audio) , styu̇-\
plural stupidities

Definition of stupidity

1 : the quality or state of being stupid
2 : a stupid idea or act

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Examples of stupidity in a Sentence

I was shocked by the stupidity of their decision. the stupidity of the dialogue between the two romantic leads had movie audiences giggling uncontrollably

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But there’s no question here — Jarmusch is taking on climate change, political stupidity and public ignorance, as well as apathy, and subtlety is not part of the bargain. Bill Goodykoontz, Detroit Free Press, "'The Dead Don't Die' should be great. So why isn’t it?," 13 May 2019 Stella, an aspiring horror writer, discovers Sarah’s book and steals it from the house, the catalyzing act of stupidity that every scary movie needs. Julie Beck, The Atlantic, "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark," 23 Aug. 2019 Because, good God, President Donald Trump injected a lot of stupidity into the political ether. Daniel W. Drezner, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: An especially effective day in the beclowning of the Trump White House," 21 Aug. 2019 Our nation’s sunny left coast was once supposed to be some kind of liberal prison colony where those people would eventually die of terminal stupidity. al, "When they tell you to leave, you’re winning," 27 July 2019 The biggest crime, if Lundergan is guilty, is stupidity. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "Andy Beshear won’t have to prosecute Jerry Lundergan – and he has Donald Trump to thank," 24 June 2019 Anything else is insanity, stupidity, and the Pacers are not the Phoenix Suns. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Goga Bitadze is a strange draft choice for the Pacers," 20 June 2019 There is no limit to the human capacity for stupidity or cruelty. Krista Kafer, The Denver Post, "Kafer: Rep. Crow’s gun liability law makes a mockery of personal responsibility," 17 June 2019 This is largely the reason why the series endures, since the creators haven't shied away from playing up the stupidity of it all. Jennifer M. Wood, WIRED, "Horror for Dummies: The 9 Best Killer Doll Movies to Stream Right Now," 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of stupidity

circa 1541, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of stupidity was circa 1541

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English Language Learners Definition of stupidity

: the state of being foolish or unintelligent : the condition of being stupid
: a stupid idea or action


stu·​pid·​i·​ty | \ stu̇-ˈpi-də-tē How to pronounce stupidity (audio) , styu̇-\
plural stupidities

Kids Definition of stupidity

1 : the quality or state of being foolish or slow in understanding
2 : a foolish thought, action, or remark

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