stupidity

noun
stu·​pid·​i·​ty | \stu̇-ˈpi-də-tē, 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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It’s as though his once-lovable stupidity has been weaponized into something a lot more dismissive and dangerous. Michael Andor Brodeur, BostonGlobe.com, "How did Patrick Star of ‘SpongeBob’ become a meme phenomenon?," 12 July 2018 The legendary slums that climb Caracas’s hillsides are a testament to this socialist stupidity. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "Venezuela’s Long Road to Hell," 10 June 2018 That moment was either the stupidity of an ineffably lame 14-year-old kid from Coral Gables, or the stirrings of punk. Tom Austin, miamiherald, "Hendrix and Zappa once rocked Miami. Today's pop culture is an epic leap away.," 29 June 2018 So is stupidity: Sub-idiotic behavior gets rewarded with instant YouTube fame. CBS News, "Carl Hiaasen's pep talk for grads: Assume the worst," 17 June 2018 White american savage who is partly a neanderthal comes to Africa and shoot down a very rare black giraffe coutrsey of South Africa stupidity. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Kentucky Woman Posts Shocking Photos After Killing 'Rare' Black Giraffe, Says It Was for Conservation," 3 July 2018 America in 2018 is a hotbed of seething ignorance, and proud, angry stupidity. Kathleen Megan, courant.com, "Columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. Tells University Of Hartford Graduates To Find The Truth," 20 May 2018 Everyone laughed at the outrageousness and stupidity of the skits and went home. Gregory Germain, Washington Post, "Law professor: Syracuse betrayed its commitment to free speech when it punished fraternity members for their videos," 11 June 2018 White american savage who is partly a neanderthal comes to Africa and shoot down a very rare black giraffe coutrsey of South Africa stupidity. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Kentucky Woman Posts Shocking Photos After Killing 'Rare' Black Giraffe, Says It Was for Conservation," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of stupidity

1541, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of stupidity was in 1541

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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, 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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