asinine

asinine

[as-uh-nahyn]
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:
1600–10; < Latin asinīnus, equivalent to asin(us) ass1 + -īnus -ine1

asininely, adverb
asininity [as-uh-nin-i-tee] , noun


1. See foolish.
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asinine (ˈæsɪˌnaɪn)
 
adj
1.  obstinate or stupid
2.  resembling an ass
 
[C16: from Latin asinīnus, from asinusass1]
 
'asininely
 
adv
 
asininity
 
n

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asinine
c.1610, from L. asininus "stupid," lit. "like an ass," from asinus "ass," also "dolt, blockhead" (see ass (1)).
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