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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And, most crucially, empowerment isn’t the same thing as brazen stupidity. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Empty Empowerment of The Handmaid’s Tale," 5 June 2019 The sum of their stupidity is greater than the two parts. Fox News, "Nation marks 17 years since attacks of Sept. 11," 12 Sep. 2018 The national collapses—1789, 1940—were always preceded by a generation of elite stupidity, cowardice and greed. Pascal-emmanuel Gobry, WSJ, "The Failure of the French Elite," 22 Feb. 2019 The great difference between the two events was that the one at Fukushima was caused by an earthquake that generated a tsunami, whereas the one at Chernobyl was caused by human stupidity. Jeremy Bernstein, WSJ, "‘Midnight in Chernobyl’ Review: The Worst-Case Scenario," 8 Feb. 2019 The disclosure also shines a bare lightbulb on the flagrancy (and, in some cases, stupidity) of the unfaithful. Marcia Desanctis, Town & Country, "Mark Sanford, Act II," 14 Feb. 2013 Between this and his shock at making Ami cry, the celebs and I are convinced that Yuudai possesses a dangerous mix of reckless confidence and reckless stupidity. Mariah Smith, The Cut, "You Need an Emotional Support System to Watch This Episode of Terrace House," 17 Apr. 2018 Almost no one sells a wagon any more, which makes some people cross enough to leave angry comments online about the stupidity of car companies. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Volvo’s new V60 is proof the station wagon must never die," 17 Oct. 2018 It’s as though his once-lovable stupidity has been weaponized into something a lot more dismissive and dangerous. Michael Andor Brodeur,, "How did Patrick Star of ‘SpongeBob’ become a meme phenomenon?," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of stupidity

1541, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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