[fuh-too-i-tee, -tyoo-]

noun, plural fa·tu·i·ties.

complacent stupidity; foolishness.
something foolish; bêtise.

Nearby words

  1. fatty liver,
  2. fatty metamorphosis,
  3. fatty oil,
  4. fatty tumor,
  5. fatuitous,
  6. fatuous,
  7. fatuously,
  8. fatwa,
  9. fatwood,
  10. faubourg

Origin of fatuity

From the Latin word fatuitās, dating back to 1530–40. See fatuous, -ity

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British Dictionary definitions for fatuity


noun plural -ties

complacent foolishness; inanity
a fatuous remark, act, sentiment, etc
archaic idiocy
Derived Formsfatuitous, adjective

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Word Origin and History for fatuity



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

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