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fatuity

[fuh-too-i-tee, -tyoo-]
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noun, plural fa·tu·i·ties.
  1. complacent stupidity; foolishness.
  2. something foolish; bêtise.
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Origin of fatuity

From the Latin word fatuitās, dating back to 1530–40. See fatuous, -ity
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Examples from the Web for fatuity

Historical Examples

  • The fatuity of vicious and coroneted youth outstripped his discretion.

    Viviette

    William J. Locke

  • For at bottom, atheism is either a fad or a trade or a fatuity.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • Yesterday she was even amused at the strangeness and the fatuity of it all.

    Audrey Craven

    May Sinclair

  • And he knew that the fatuity of it all had begun at last to terrify her.

    The Root of Evil

    Thomas Dixon

  • But the fatuity of their union was evident to them, and they parted.


British Dictionary definitions for fatuity

fatuity

noun plural -ties
  1. complacent foolishness; inanity
  2. a fatuous remark, act, sentiment, etc
  3. archaic idiocy
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Derived Formsfatuitous, adjective
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Word Origin and History for fatuity

n.

1530s, from Middle French fatuité (14c.), from Latin fatuitatem (nominative fatuitas) "foolishness," from fatuus "foolish, insipid," of uncertain origin.

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