stupidity

noun
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 Dumont’s subject is the mass production of cynicism, the rewards that await intelligent people for purveying stupidity. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 30 Sep. 2021 These factors plus the stupidity of our current politics of destruction opened the door to a resurgence of Corona virus. Eric Fuller, Forbes, 29 Sep. 2021 Joyce praised Svevo’s two novels unreservedly, laying the blame for their extinction wholly on the stupidity of their critics. Sigrid Nunez, Harper's Magazine, 28 Sep. 2021 This one is a crime of fraud, greed, and stupidity, chronicled in Chris Smith’s excellent look at the Fyre Festival of 2017. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, 24 Sep. 2021 Provided: 1) I am permitted to remark on the abject stupidity in every wrong answer. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, 23 Aug. 2021 Virality requires a very specific dosage of enticing, approachable stupidity. Luke Winkie, Vulture, 10 Sep. 2021 Provided: 1) I am permitted to remark on the abject stupidity in every wrong answer. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, 23 Aug. 2021 Provided: 1) I am permitted to remark on the abject stupidity in every wrong answer. William Earl, Variety, 20 Aug. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stupidity. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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More Definitions for stupidity

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 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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