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stu·pid·i·ty

 (sto͞o-pĭd′ĭ-tē, styo͞o-)
n. pl. stu·pid·i·ties
1. The quality or condition of being stupid.
2. A stupid act, remark, or idea.

stupidity

(stjuːˈpɪdɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. the quality or state of being stupid
2. a stupid act, remark, etc

stu•pid•i•ty

(stuˈpɪd ɪ ti, styu-)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the state, quality, or fact of being stupid.
2. a stupid act, notion, speech, etc.
[1535–45]

Stupidity

 

See Also: ABSURDITY, DULLNESS, FOOLISHNESS, INSULTS, MIND

  1. Assholes are like weeds, a bitch to get rid of and when you do, another one grows back in the same place —Jonathan Kellerman
  2. Brains like mashed potatoes —Anon
  3. Dumb as a beetle —Anon

    The beetle has been linked to dullness and stupidity since the sixteenth century.

  4. Dumb as a stick of wood —Anon
  5. Dumb as pure white lead —John Updike
  6. Had the brains of a Playboy bunny and fucked like one —Jonathan Valin
  7. He’d be sharper than a serpent’s tooth, if he wasn’t as dull as ditch water —Charles Dickens

    A Dickensian twist on King Lear’s lament about an ungrateful child.

  8. He’s like the man who thinks it’s raining when you pee in his eyes —Anon
  9. His head was as empty as a politician’s speech —Anon
  10. I’m as thick as a plank —Princess Diana excusing herself from playing a game with a patient during a hospital visit, quoted, Public Radio
  11. (About as) intelligent as a bundle of shawls —Henry James
  12. Isn’t very intelligent … he’s like a hound that simply follows the scent. He crumples his nose up, looking for his fleas —Henri-Pierre Roche
  13. Like dogs, that meeting with nobody else, bit one another —John Ray’s Proverbs
  14. (He) looked as if he’d stood in line twice when the brains were being handed out —Christopher Hale
  15. Look stupid as a poet in search of a simile —Thomas Holcroft
  16. A man with a small head is like a pin without any, very apt to get into things beyond his depth —Josh Billings
  17. (A snail’s about as) smart as mud —CBS-TV news story about snails being grown for escargot lovers, November 5, 1986
  18. (That man is) so stupid it sits on him like a halo —Emlyn Williams
  19. (The free press in Israel has belatedly awakened to the meaning of this act, which was as) stupid as cracking the safe of your own bank —William Safire, New York Times/Op-ed, March 9, 1987

    Safire’s simile refers to Israel’s recruitment of an American as a spy.

  20. Stupid as jugs without handles —Honoré de Balzac
  21. Stupid as oysters —August E. F. Von Kotzbue
  22. To serve an unintelligent man is like crying in the wilderness, massaging the body of a dead man, planting water-lilies on dry land, whispering in the ear of the deaf —Panchatantra
  23. While he was not dumber than an ox, he was not any smarter either —James Thurber
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.stupidity - a poor ability to understand or to profit from experiencestupidity - a poor ability to understand or to profit from experience
inability - lack of ability (especially mental ability) to do something
denseness, dumbness, slow-wittedness - the quality of being mentally slow and limited
dullness, obtuseness - the quality of being slow to understand
backwardness, mental retardation, subnormality, slowness, retardation - lack of normal development of intellectual capacities
craziness, foolishness, folly, madness - the quality of being rash and foolish; "trying to drive through a blizzard is the height of folly"; "adjusting to an insane society is total foolishness"
vacuousness - indicative of or marked by mental vacuity and an absence of ideas; "the vacuousness of her face belied her feelings"
intelligence - the ability to comprehend; to understand and profit from experience
2.stupidity - a stupid mistakestupidity - a stupid mistake      
error, fault, mistake - a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention; "he made a bad mistake"; "she was quick to point out my errors"; "I could understand his English in spite of his grammatical faults"

stupidity

Translations
حَماقَه، غَباء
hlouposttupost
dumhed
heimska
stupiditate
neumnost
aptallık

stupidity

[stjuːˈpɪdɪtɪ] N
1. (= quality) → estupidez f
he laughed at their stupidityse reía de su estupidez
an act of stupidityuna acción estúpida
2. (= stupid thing) → estupidez f, tontería f

stupidity

[stjuːˈpɪdəti] nstupidité f

stupidity

nDummheit f; (= silliness also)Blödheit f (inf)

stupidity

[stjuːˈpɪdɪtɪ] nstupidità f inv

stupid

(ˈstjuːpid) adjective
1. foolish; slow at understanding. a stupid mistake; He isn't as stupid as he looks.
2. in a bewildered or dazed state. He was (feeling) stupid from lack of sleep.
ˈstupidly adverb
stuˈpidity noun

stupidity

n. estupidez.
References in classic literature ?
Brooke's patience to the utmost, displeased his grandfather by practicing half the afternoon, frightened the maidservants half out of their wits by mischievously hinting that one of his dogs was going mad, and, after high words with the stableman about some fancied neglect of his horse, he had flung himself into his hammock to fume over the stupidity of the world in general, till the peace of the lovely day quieted him in spite of himself.
She tried to make talk but could say nothing, and after he had gone she was angry at herself for her stupidity.
With an easy condescension, and kind forbearance towards our stupidity -- which, to his order of mind, must have seemed little short of crime -- would he forth-with, by the merest touch of his finger, make the incomprehensible as clear as daylight.
And she would go back to the chase of it--and no sooner be fairly started than her chariot would be thrown off the track, so to speak, by the stupidity of those thrice accursed musicians.
There is a right way; but we are very liable from heedlessness and stupidity to take the wrong one.
Well, I was stunned; partly with this unlooked-for stupidity on his part, and partly because his fellows so manifestly sided with him and were of his mind -- if you might call it mind.
In the present case these were both employed to his advantage, and mourning his stupidity and praying for some flash of inspiration to light his path, he blundered along, trusting to Providence.
In moments of agony, I envied my fellow-slaves for their stupidity.
But be it sweetness or be it stupidity in herquickness of friendship, or dulness of feelingthere was one person, I think, who must have felt it: Miss Fairfax herself.
Just imagine your father in my place, and Linton in yours; then think how you would value your careless lover if he refused to stir a step to comfort you, when your father himself entreated him; and don't, from pure stupidity, fall into the same error.
I have nothing in common with the clumsy rank and file of my profession, who convict themselves, before recorders and magistrates, of the worst of all offenses -- incurable stupidity in the exercise of their own vocation.
The masses feel that drunkenness, stupidity, and immorality should be their own special property, and that if any one of us makes an ass of himself, he is poaching on their preserves.