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The adjective 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. Foolish implies a lack of common sense or good judgment or, sometimes, a weakness of mind: a foolish decision; The child seems foolish. 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. 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.

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Surely Americans, who are by our own fatuous self-definition fundamentally decent, would never attempt the unthinkable, no matter how angry.
Each day he was sending serenely confident telegrams to Calcutta and receiving equally reassuring ones from a fatuous Viceroy.
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If he be a little less than perfectly sincere he runs risk of being pretentious, fatuous even.
It was his great merit that at these moments, and in the presence of other people, he betrayed no fatuous emotion.
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From its fatuous dream the nation was awakened by the noise of arms, the shrieks of women and the red glare of burning cities.
Mrs. Makely was one of those fatuous women whose eagerness to make a point excludes the consideration even of their own advantage.
What Olcott said—aloud—was something fatuous and commonplace touching on the state of the weather.
The fatuous idea that a person can be holy by himself denies God the pleasure of saving sinners.
It is impossible, fatuous in fact, to ignore or even overlook the basic importance of physical environment.
Then he kissed her faintly smiling lips with the fatuous idea that the final word as to wedding finery had been said.
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