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asinine

[ as-uh-nahyn ]
/ ˈæs əˌnaɪn /
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adjective

foolish, unintelligent, or silly; stupid: It is surprising that supposedly intelligent people can make such asinine statements.
of or like an ass: asinine obstinacy;asinine features.

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Origin of asinine

First recorded in 1600–10; from Latin asinīnus, equivalent to asin(us)ass1 + -īnus-ine1

OTHER WORDS FROM asinine

as·i·nine·ly, adverbas·i·nin·i·ty [as-uh-nin-i-tee], /ˌæs əˈnɪn ɪ ti/, noun
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The adjective asinine describes things that are foolish or unintelligent, as in asinine remarks. Do you know when to use asinine, fatuous, silly, inane, stupid, and foolish? Find out on Thesaurus.com

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British Dictionary definitions for asinine

asinine
/ (ˈæsɪˌnaɪn) /

adjective

obstinate or stupid
resembling an ass

Derived forms of asinine

asininely, adverbasininity (ˌæsɪˈnɪnɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for asinine

C16: from Latin asinīnus, from asinus ass 1
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