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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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  • The question of third-world drugs is undeniably more vexed-but impugning the profit motive is a fatuously inadequate answer.
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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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Word Origin and History for fatuously

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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