fatuous


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fat·u·ous

 (făch′o͞o-əs)
adj.
Foolish or silly, especially in a smug or self-satisfied way: "an era of delicious, fatuous optimism shaped by the belief that enough good will on the part of people like ourselves could repair anything" (Shirley Abbott). See Synonyms at foolish.

[From Latin fatuus.]

fat′u·ous·ly adv.
fat′u·ous·ness n.

fatuous

(ˈfætjʊəs)
adj
complacently or inanely foolish
[C17: from Latin fatuus; related to fatiscere to gape]
ˈfatuously adv
ˈfatuousness n

fat•u•ous

(ˈfætʃ u əs)

adj.
foolish or inane, esp. in an unconscious, complacent manner; silly.
[1625–35; < Latin fatuus silly, foolish; see -ous]
fat′u•ous•ly, adv.
fat′u•ous•ness, n.
syn: See foolish.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.fatuous - devoid of intelligence
foolish - devoid of good sense or judgment; "foolish remarks"; "a foolish decision"

fatuous

adjective foolish, stupid, silly, dull, absurd, dense, ludicrous, lunatic, mindless, idiotic, vacuous, inane, witless, puerile, moronic, brainless, asinine, weak-minded, dumb-ass (slang) That is not a fatuous argument, it has to be taken seriously.

fatuous

adjective
Displaying a complete lack of forethought and good sense:
Translations

fatuous

[ˈfætjʊəs] ADJ [remark] → necio, fatuo; [smile] → tonto

fatuous

[ˈfætʃuəs] adj [remark, argument, idea] → stupide

fatuous

adjtöricht (geh), → albern

fatuous

[ˈfætjʊəs] adjfatuo/a
References in classic literature ?
The man to win her is he who calls loudly for his drink, without a "Please" or a "Thank you," throws his hat at the back of his head, gulps down half his glass, and, while drawing breath for the other half, takes a hard, indifferent look at her, and in an off-hand voice throws her some fatuous, mirthless jest.
Those that come through the gate of ivory are fatuous, but those from the gate of horn mean something to those that see them.
I don't want to be fatuous, but I think it is very possible.
It might have been a Carlist committee meeting of a particularly fatuous character.
I am, of course, a mere student," said I, with a fatuous smile, "hardly more, I might say, than an earnest inquirer.
Then he turned his own rather fatuous face to the company.
Several other women also chimed in, with an animus which none of them would have been so fatuous as to show but for the rollicking evening they had passed.
You may throw the great switch that will give you the freedom of the air of Okar, and then, in fatuous security, go on with thy red princess to the freedom of--death.
Certainly, in the opinion of Hirst and Hewet, who lay back in long arm-chairs in the middle of the hall, with their coffee-cups beside them, and their cigarettes in their hands, the evening was unusually dull, the women unusually badly dressed, the men unusually fatuous.
Rokoff," she said, "had you attempted to force me to submit to your evil desires, but that you should be so fatuous as to believe that I, wife of John Clayton, would come to you willingly, even to save my life, I should never have imagined.
Sir,--I have read with amusement, not wholly unmixed with some less complimentary emotion, the complacent and wholly fatuous letter of James Wilson MacPhail which has lately appeared in your columns upon the subject of the blurring of Fraunhofer's lines in the spectra both of the planets and of the fixed stars.
We sat about that big round table as if assembled for a conference and looked at each other in a sort of fatuous consternation.