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[stoo-pid-i-tee, styoo-] /stuˈpɪd ɪ ti, styu-/
noun, plural stupidities for 2.
the state, quality, or fact of being stupid.
a stupid act, notion, speech, etc.
Origin of stupidity
1535-45; < Latin stupiditās, equivalent to stupid(us) stupid + -itās -ity Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It is stupidity alone, with never so many rituals, that kills religion.

    Past and Present Thomas Carlyle
  • stupidity is not the proper word at all; you should say carelessness, thoughtlessness.

    Monsieur Lecoq, v.1 Emile Gaboriau
  • stupidity and arrogance were plainly stamped upon his features.

  • stupidity is the paradox to be found most often in all-powerful Gods.

    Nonsenseorship G. G. Putnam and Others
  • stupidity has all the knowledge, and Imagination all the intelligence.

    Man And Superman George Bernard Shaw
  • stupidity might be defined as resignation to other people's misfortunes.

  • stupidity he warned against as one of the chief implements of the devil.

  • stupidity is as great as the ocean; everything finds a place in it.

    The Pharaoh and the Priest Alexander Glovatski
  • stupidity wishing to simulate this, would make a broad movement.

  • stupidity on the part of my people left in charge—nothing more.

    Miss or Mrs.? Wilkie Collins
British Dictionary definitions for stupidity


noun (pl) -ties
the quality or state of being stupid
a stupid act, remark, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for stupidity

1540s, "want of intelligence," from Latin stupiditas, from stupidus (see stupid). It also at various times meant "lack of feeling or emotion" (1560s); "stupor; numbness" (c.1600).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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