stupidity

noun
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
Recent Examples on the Web Or we are all doomed to continue the cycle of stupidity that currently dominates our public discussion. Jason George, Star Tribune, "Counterpoint: Anti-pipeline officials didn't talk to workers," 1 Feb. 2021 For seven seasons, the cast of this FX hit comedy captured the alpha male stupidity that’s often amplified through fantasy football. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, "The 100 Best TV Shows on Hulu Right Now," 1 Feb. 2021 Being smart in July and August doesn’t inoculate you against stupidity in December and January. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "NBA opted to play with coronavirus fire and now it’s getting burned," 11 Jan. 2021 And maybe, just maybe, that doesn’t happen without some of the arrogance and stupidity of his younger years. USA Today, "Trying to understand Kobe Bryant's complicated legacy a year after his death," 21 Jan. 2021 Narrator George Blagden captures the tenor of Nana's mordant wit, his lofty view of himself, and his frequent spates of umbrage at human presumption and sheer stupidity. Katherine A. Powers Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, "Bookmark: When these animals talk, listen," 15 Jan. 2021 The man is a complete dolt who is pathologically incurious about the world and does not care a whit about anyone but himself, and his brand of shameless, emboldened stupidity has conquered the Republican Party. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, "Trump's jaw-dropping vaccine screwup," 8 Dec. 2020 Narrator George Blagden beautifully captures the tenor of Nana’s mordant wit, his lofty view of himself, and his frequent spates of umbrage at human presumption and sheer stupidity. Washington Post, "When these animals talk, listen: Audiobooks give voice to a cat, a horse, a sheep and others," 14 Dec. 2020 Why would someone so smart propagate such stupidity about how this virus spreads and harms? David Beers, The New Republic, "Selling the American Space Dream," 7 Dec. 2020

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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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“Stupidity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stupidity. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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stupidity

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stupidity

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

stupidity

noun
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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