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

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 There are few things more American than simultaneously beholding the skill of the bakers and the stupidity of the conceit. Ryan Craig, Forbes, 15 Apr. 2022 Fossil fuels will remain for decades a currency of global power, and Russia’s invasion highlights the stupidity of being broke. Kimberley A. Strassel, WSJ, 17 Mar. 2022 How masterpieces do happen is usually the result of fortuitous happenstance, pitfalls avoided, stupidity sidestepped. Wsj Arts, WSJ, 29 Apr. 2022 At every turn, attempts to stop the end of the world are thwarted by absurd rules, ridiculous politicians and plain old human stupidity. Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2022 Billionaires are, from this perspective, the purest distillation of the brutality and stupidity of arranging a society this way. New York Times, 7 Apr. 2022 The line between loyalty and stupidity is so fine it can’t be measured. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 26 Jan. 2022 The tech world is littered with stories of hubris, miscalculation, greed and stupidity. Neil Senturia, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Jan. 2022 Certainly there are other years or periods in which stupidity or heedlessness brought civilization in general close to eradication. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 26 Dec. 2021 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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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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