asinine

[ as-uh-nahyn ]
/ ˈæs əˌnaɪn /

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

synonym study for asinine

1. See foolish.

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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Example sentences from the Web for asinine

  • These receptions are stupefying in their asininity, but they come to pass in most consulates, and those at Tunis are no exception.

  • The man sinks; the animal soars—thrusting his jaw out sidewise in a satisfied yawn, secure in the serenity of his asininity.

  • Nature has kindly preordained that there shall be no bar in the intimate relations of humanity and asininity.

  • Still, he could not comprehend how they had had the asininity to "decline" it at all.

    A Black Adonis|Linn Boyd Porter

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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