Definition of fatuous in English:

fatuous

Line breaks: fatu|ous
Pronunciation: /ˈfatjʊəs
 
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adjective

Silly and pointless: a fatuous comment
More example sentences
  • However, based on some of the fatuous comments I've been reading on this topic, we may expect to hear it soon.
  • Mountaineering has engendered more fatuous comment than most human pastimes, much of it from mountaineers themselves.
  • Gentle reader, let me assure you that this is fatuous nonsense.
Synonyms

Origin

early 17th century: from Latin fatuus 'foolish' + -ous.

Derivatives

fatuity

Pronunciation: /fəˈtjuːɪti/
noun (plural fatuities)
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  • It is a statement of such surpassing fatuity that one wonders: is she really that stupid, or does she think we're that stupid?
  • No words can convey the depths of his fatuity, except his own.
  • To him, the fatuity of the learned judge is an example of our tendency to throw about words that have lost all meaning, even in the mouths of educated people.

fatuously

adverb
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  • I really can't remember when I last saw a more fatuously featureless feature.
  • But they also describe it, fatuously, as ‘comprehensive’.
  • But it's the same little fellow, beaming somewhat fatuously and raising the staff in blessing like a young bishop.

fatuousness

noun
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  • In the darkest days of the Dark Ages, no superstition surpassed this one for silliness, fatuousness, or just plain ignorance.
  • The only point in rehearsing these notorious facts, which deter investment and inhibit economic growth, is to mark the fatuousness of proposals to solve everybody's problems, ours and theirs, by pouring in more foreign aid.
  • That makes you understand the fatuousness of nationalism because you can't tell the nationality of a bone.

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