as·​i·​nine | \ ˈa-sə-ˌnīn How to pronounce asinine (audio) \

Definition of asinine

1 : extremely or utterly foolish or silly an asinine excuse
2 : of, relating to, or resembling an ass

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Other Words from asinine

asininely adverb
asininity \ ˌa-​sə-​ˈni-​nə-​tē How to pronounce asinine (audio) \ noun

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simple, foolish, silly, fatuous, asinine mean actually or apparently deficient in intelligence. simple implies a degree of intelligence inadequate to cope with anything complex or involving mental effort. considered people simple who had trouble with computers foolish implies the character of being or seeming unable to use judgment, discretion, or good sense. foolish stunts silly suggests failure to act as a rational being especially by ridiculous behavior. the silly antics of revelers fatuous implies foolishness, inanity, and disregard of reality. fatuous conspiracy theories asinine suggests utter and contemptible failure to use normal rationality or perception. an asinine plot

Examples of asinine in a Sentence

… geniuses like Brando strike self and material together in a way that sets off some incomparable spark, radiating so much charisma that they get away with choices that would seem asinine from anyone else. — Jeremy McCarter, New York Times Book Review, 4 Jan. 2009 The boss of Wells Fargo has called the solvency tests "asinine". The aim of such behaviour is presumably to convince regulators to focus the coming clampdown on the weakest banks. The Economist, 13-19 June 2009 First the good news: There's one palatable piece of ear candy here, "Rocket O' Love." While the words are asinine ("Shotgun, shing-a-ling/One, two, one two three, hey!!"), it's a hearty … rocker Billy Squier might like to call his own. — David Hiltbrand, People Weekly, 11 Mar. 1991 it was asinine to run into the street like that
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Recent Examples on the Web However, the idea that somehow Osefo is any less intelligent or worthy of respect is asinine and antiquated. Tameka Amado, Essence, 25 Aug. 2021 The scheme always starts with a sweet-sounding premise that is totally asinine but that everyone agrees to pretend is a self-evident truth. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, 3 Apr. 2021 Alas, what should be a runaway creative success for the game’s director, Josef Fares, is marred by a tone-deaf narrative element which shows that asinine ethnic caricatures unfortunately still exist in video games. Washington Post, 2 Apr. 2021 The database shows some fliers treat airline mask requirements as a seemingly asinine rule to evade, akin to sneaking a late look at text messages after phones are supposed to be in airplane mode. Michael Laris, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Jan. 2021 Major league baseball has become an activity dominated by asinine statistical decisions to a large degree. Star Tribune, 3 Dec. 2020 The Outer Worlds draws its best moments from this contrast, and from the suffering and determination of the people living under the yoke of a really asinine economic system right out of the Gilded Age. Wired, 6 Nov. 2019 Bulgaria got a bad reputation from asinine American comedians who perpetuated the old communist stereotype of squat men and women with unibrows and thick necks who shave twice a day. John Kass,, 27 June 2019 Dolan has run the Knicks for two decades—two decades of lousy basketball, horrible management, petty feuds, asinine vendettas and blaming anybody who blames him. Michael Rosenberg,, 1 July 2019

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First Known Use of asinine

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for asinine

Latin asininus, from asinus ass

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“Asinine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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