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asinine

[as-uh-nahyn] /ˈæs əˌnaɪn/
adjective
1.
foolish, unintelligent, or silly; stupid:
It is surprising that supposedly intelligent people can make such asinine statements.
2.
of or like an ass:
asinine obstinacy; asinine features.
Origin
1600-1610
1600-10; < Latin asinīnus, equivalent to asin(us) ass1 + -īnus -ine1
Related forms
asininely, adverb
asininity
[as-uh-nin-i-tee] /ˌæs əˈnɪn ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
Synonyms
1. See foolish.
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British Dictionary definitions for asinine

asinine

/ˈæsɪˌnaɪn/
adjective
1.
obstinate or stupid
2.
resembling an ass
Derived Forms
asininely, adverb
asininity (ˌæsɪˈnɪnɪtɪ) noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin asinīnus, from asinusass1
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Word Origin and History for asinine
adj.

c.1600, "obstinate, stupid," from Latin asininus "stupid," literally "like an ass," from asinus "ass," also "dolt, blockhead" (see ass (n.1)). The literal sense in English is recorded from 1620s.

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