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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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Alarm grew in Garnache's mind, but his face maintained its foolish vacancy, its inane smile.
ST. MARTIN'S SUMMERRAFAEL SABATINI
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!
BY BIRTH A LADYGEORGE MANVILLE FENN
Among the Aryan nations an meant mind, and this term is clearly responsible for inane or without ane.
ARCHAIC ENGLANDHAROLD BAYLEY
Next week I shall devour them and think them, no doubt, inane.
THE TRAGIC MUSEHENRY JAMES
Who was saying those inane things over the speaker that served the robot as a mouth?
UNWISE CHILDGORDON RANDALL GARRETT
The little robot seemed to have developed a sudden penchant for asking seemingly inane questions.
UNWISE CHILDGORDON RANDALL GARRETT
Behind the Mountains, in this manner, all is inane darkness to Friedrich and Schwerin.
What inane small talk I uttered in the Leslies' big, over-furnished drawing-room I know not.
THE SIGN OF SILENCEWILLIAM LE QUEUX
His tone irritated Betton: it had the inane optimism of the physician reassuring a discouraged patient.

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