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fatuous

[fach-oo-uh s] /ˈfætʃ u əs/
adjective
1.
foolish or inane, especially in an unconscious, complacent manner; silly.
2.
unreal; illusory.
Origin
1625-1635
1625-35; < Latin fatuus silly, foolish, idiotic; see -ous
Related forms
fatuously, adverb
fatuousness, noun
Synonyms
1. dense, dull, dim-witted. See foolish.
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Examples from the web for fatuous
  • It no longer is fatuous to predict an astonishing productivity harnessed to a relative handful of workers.
  • Henry's portentous musings on the futility of war seem fatuous beside his clear-eyed account of how war looks.
  • It's fatuous to book flight tickets through online travel firms without having a look at the respective airline's fare.
  • If another reason is to effect education reform, the idea is fatuous.
  • In all ages, indeed, grammarians appear to have been fatuous.
  • After a while, the debate in the restaurant begins to seem a little fatuous-there's not much comedy or tragedy in the movie.
  • It is as fatuous to deny the existence of evil as it is to toss the word around irresponsibly.
  • But those are small potatoes in a generally fatuous tale.
  • Suddenly, the finesse, the astuteness behind the gaze that does not really gaze is lost in a sea of fatuous prolixity.
  • To make a distinction between natural disasters and civil disturbances on the basis of whether or not looting occurs is fatuous.
British Dictionary definitions for fatuous

fatuous

/ˈfætjʊəs/
adjective
1.
complacently or inanely foolish
Derived Forms
fatuously, adverb
fatuousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin fatuus; related to fatiscere to gape
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Contemporary definitions for fatuous
adjective

inanely foolish and unintelligent; stupid

Word Origin

Latin fatuus 'foolish'

adjective

illusory; delusive

Word Origin

Latin fatuus 'foolish'

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Word Origin and History for fatuous
adj.

c.1600, from Latin fatuus "foolish, insipid, silly;" of uncertain origin (Buck suggests originally "stricken" in the head). Related: Fatuously; fatuousness.

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