[stoo-pid-i-tee, styoo-]

noun, plural stu·pid·i·ties 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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for stupidity

Contemporary Examples of stupidity

  • His book, Idiot America: How Stupidity Became A Virtue In The Land Of The Free, will be published in June by Broadway Books.

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    Football, Hold the Stuffing

    Charles P. Pierce

    November 26, 2008

Historical Examples of stupidity

  • 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.


    G. G. Putnam and Others

  • Stupidity has all the knowledge, and Imagination all the intelligence.

    Man And Superman

    George Bernard Shaw

British Dictionary definitions for stupidity


noun plural -ties

the quality or state of being stupid
a stupid act, remark, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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