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1. Utterly stupid or silly: asinine behavior.
2. Of, relating to, or resembling an ass.

[Latin asinīnus, of an ass, from asinus, ass, of pre-Roman Mediterranean origin; akin to Armenian ēs, Greek onos, and Hieroglyphic Luwian -asna- in tarkasna-, ass, all probably ultimately from an ancient Near Eastern source akin to Sumerian anše, ass, and perhaps Akkadian atānu, she-ass.]

as′i·nine′ly adv.
as′i·nin′i·ty (-nĭn′ĭ-tē) n.
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Noun1.asininity - the quality of being asinine; stupidity combined with stubbornness
folly, foolishness, unwiseness - the trait of acting stupidly or rashly
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Very often, what transforms innocuous talk into asininity or bellicose talk into unmitigated disaster is the talker's frame of mind or state of emotion.
It's also humorous and appropriately snarky, given the asininity of some of these popular terms and phrases.
We have arrived at the once-great occasion of FA Cup semi-final weekend, but sadly the combined asininity of the FA and Premier League has reduced this season's matches to a mere sideshow.
Modern fame can reflect a person's timing and asininity, as much as his talent and intelligence.
That the students were able to produce correct derivatives using, for example, the suffixes-ness and -ity in connection with the high-frequency items discussed above, but not with the highly infrequent items discussed in the present section (as in surliness, voracity and asininity), clearly shows the effect frequency has on the students' performance.
As such, I want all of my comrades to assist me in scouring Facebook; we must purge it from all asininity in preparation for Grandpa's arrival.
This shows the asininity of man's philosophy today.
He went on to add: "Your arrogance, and that of Mr Christofides, is unbelievable; it is only eclipsed by your joint asininity and apathy."
The aspects of lameness, asininity, and spiritual guide are brought together in this one figure who will shepherd Lucius into the rites of the highest deity, Osiris, the scene which closes the novel.
Politics is the art of the possible, not tricky-dick Nixon necrosis, Assad asininity, Gaddafi grave grovelling or Saddam spite.
Her jars of honey quickly become gothic--"Six cat's eyes in the wine cellar" (89)--like the other images there: "The black bunched in there like a bat, / No light / But the torch and its faint // Chinese yellow on appalling objects--/ Black asininity. Decay" (89).