The man sinks; the animal soars—thrusting his jaw out sidewise in a satisfied yawn, secure in the serenity of his asininity.
Still, he could not comprehend how they had had the asininity to "decline" it at all.
Nature has kindly preordained that there shall be no bar in the intimate relations of humanity and asininity.
These receptions are stupefying in their asininity, but they come to pass in most consulates, and those at Tunis are no exception.
c.1600, "obstinate, stupid," from Latin asininus "stupid," literally "like an ass," from asinus "ass," also "dolt, blockhead" (see ass (n.1)). The literal sense in English is recorded from 1620s.