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adjective as in senseless


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“Now I don’t know how in the world anything could be more asinine than that,” he said, pointing to numbers indicating that just 37 percent of such workers were getting vaccinated.

Marijuana prohibition is a dead man walking, but some institutions are so drunk with power that they sit around and cook up asinine arguments about how smoking a J to relieve stress is the same thing as being Barry Bonds.

Alas, what should be a runaway creative success for the game’s director, Josef Fares, is marred by a tone-deaf narrative element which shows that asinine ethnic caricatures unfortunately still exist in video games.

Is Olivia Pope an “Angry Black Woman,” as one asinine TV critic suggests?

That we find so hallowed and important, but also so asinine and silly?

She hypnotized Cory with her free spirit, freer hair, and asinine name, coaxing him out of his shell and into love with her.

Asinine comments like this leave the President looking like the only mature kid in town.

Funny how the ones deemed “geniuses” always act the most asinine in relationships.

"We are somewhat surprised," he said, knowing it for an asinine remark but afraid to risk his dignity by being plainer.

Morsfield, entirely objecting to asinine harness with him, mocked at his invocation and intonation of the name of Jove.

For these patriotic services the members of the asinine assembly are duly acknowledging their gratitude.

His faith was unshaken—in sheer asinine fatuity it was sublime.

One of them in particular, who shall be nameless, quite asinine.

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The adjective asinine originally meant like an ass; it applies to witlessly stupid conversations or conduct and suggests a lack of social grace or perception: He failed to notice the reaction to his asinine remarks. Foolish implies a lack of common sense or good judgment or, sometimes, a weakness of mind: a foolish decision; The child seems foolish. Fatuous implies being not only foolish, dull, and vacant in mind, but complacent and highly self-satisfied as well: fatuous and self-important; fatuous answers. Silly denotes extreme and conspicuous foolishness; it may also refer to pointlessness of jokes, remarks, etc.: silly and senseless behavior; a perfectly silly statement. Inane applies to silliness that is notably lacking in content, sense, or point: inane questions that leave one with no reply. Stupid implies natural slowness or dullness of intellect, or, sometimes, a benumbed or dazed state of mind; it is also used to mean foolish or silly: He was rendered stupid by a blow; It is stupid to do such a thing. 

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On this page you'll find 37 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to asinine, such as: absurd, cretinous, daft, foolish, half-witted, and idiotic.

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