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 Now friggin Lion Air might need a sim to fly the MAX, and maybe because of their own stupidity. Ryan Beene, Fortune, "Boeing Mocked Lion Air For Requesting Extra 737 Max Pilot Training Year Before Crash," 14 Jan. 2020 Zink’s presentation of Democratic stupidity or the limitations of corporate environmentalism is one way of highlighting the absurdity of our era: not by exaggeration but by changing its context. Madeleine Schwartz, The New Yorker, "Nell Zink’s Satire Raises the Stakes," 26 Aug. 2019 Americans today might sympathize with his characters, who exist in an endless vortex of repetition, insincerity and stupidity. Susanna Lee, The Conversation, "We’re living in the bizarre world that Flaubert envisioned," 10 Jan. 2020 My point here is not the hypocrisy and stupidity of celebrities, Leonardo DiCaprio sailing around on the world’s fifth-largest yacht and all that. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Do Celebrities Really Buy the Climate-Change Story?," 29 Dec. 2019 Racist nonsense, bigotry, sometimes just plain old stupidity. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "2019’s most commented stories on Ars Technica—and their top comments!," 25 Dec. 2019 There are some great personality types in the mix, and some intriguing ideas, but there’s also a surplus of profound stupidity. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "'6 Underground,' Michael Bay and the Edge of Good and Bad," 16 Dec. 2019 These Nazis wouldn’t look out of place in a throwback sitcom like ‘Allo ‘Allo! or Hogan’s Heroes—broad TV comedies from earlier decades that got their biggest laughs by playing up the buffoonery and stupidity of the Third Reich. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Jojo Rabbit Is a Fraught Tonal Experiment," 17 Oct. 2019 Both phones, my stupidity replacement, and the 2020 Razr, are similar in size and feel. Lily Jackson |, al, "The Razr phone is back: I’ll take pink, please," 14 Nov. 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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5 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Stupidity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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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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