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To stand or sit next to someone important and make him feel insecure by saying inane but profound-sounding things.

This is all a very long lead-up to discussing Fox’s new series Alter Ego, a show so inane that the pendulum swings the other way and forces you to think anthropologically about how we got here.

Which explains why the alternately charming and inane Cooking With Paris makes for such an uncanny viewing experience.

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Beyond social media, some of your friends also spam you with inane instant-message notifications.

It might well be a shock to you that members of the United States Congress would attach their names to formal documents defaced with inane, lame, juvenile titles.

And they would, it seems, nominate any movie—no matter how inane—to get those big-name butts in the seats.

If only instead of brushing off the seemingly inane, we asked ourselves but why is this person famous?

And beware the perky morning anchors with their inane questions (Aretha Franklin).

Inane and disturbing hashtags have been lobbed by those often far removed from the rocket fire.

“X-men Origins: Wolverine” featured a pharmaceutical plot twist so inane it was almost awesome.

Alarm grew in Garnache's mind, but his face maintained its foolish vacancy, its inane smile.

I should not allow inane sentimentality to influence me: it is beneath the revolutionist.

One can get amongst set after set of fellows, and into plenty of inane fashionable drawing-rooms; but, bai Jove!

Among the Aryan nations an meant mind, and this term is clearly responsible for inane or without ane.

Next week I shall devour them and think them, no doubt, inane.

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Inane applies to silliness that is notably lacking in content, sense, or point: inane questions that leave one with no reply. 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. 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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On this page you'll find 92 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to inane, such as: absurd, asinine, daft, empty, fatuous, and flat.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.