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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 of asinine
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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  • The man sinks; the animal soars—thrusting his jaw out sidewise in a satisfied yawn, secure in the serenity of his asininity.

  • Still, he could not comprehend how they had had the asininity to "decline" it at all.

    A Black Adonis Linn Boyd Porter
  • Nature has kindly preordained that there shall be no bar in the intimate relations of humanity and asininity.

    Letters of Peregrine Pickle George P. Upton
  • These receptions are stupefying in their asininity, but they come to pass in most consulates, and those at Tunis are no exception.

British Dictionary definitions for asininity

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 asininity

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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