Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Smug stupidity; utter foolishness.
  • n. Something that is utterly stupid or silly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Weakness or imbecility of mind; stupidity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Weakness or imbecility of mind; stupidity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Self-conceited foolishness; weakness of mind with high self-esteem; unconscious stupidity; also, as applied to things, springing from or exhibiting such traits.
  • n. Idiocy; congenital dementia; imbecility.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a ludicrous folly

Etymologies

Latin fatuitās, from fatuus, silly, foolish.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • EU Referendum: The ultimate in fatuity? skip to main | skip to sidebar

    The ultimate in fatuity?

  • In another life, I suppose I would have found it quite remarkable how little media coverage there has been on the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive, which came into force on 1 July, one which we described as the ultimate in fatuity.

    Silence prevails

  • Each time I was instructed that such-and-such a fatuity was the view of "the Europeans," I decided not that my Anglo-Celtic-Polish-German-Jewish heritage was being parodied (though it was) but that someone whose claim to be "European" was at least as good as M. Chirac's should assure his American friends that they need not feel unsophisticated or embarrassed.

    On Becoming American

  • This kind of fatuity is a combination of petty authoritarianism as encouraged by the socialists in Westmonster and the paedogeddon alarmism evident in the kind of red-tops that council workers read.

    More Paedogeddon Madness

  • Unquestionably after all, how many people from a comprehensive to use the word "fatuity" in such a fluent manner?

    DK's schooldays...

  • From most silly novels we can at least extract a laugh; but those of the modern-antique school have a ponderous, a leaden kind of fatuity, under which we groan.

    The Essays of "George Eliot" Complete

  • How could they have resisted another of his jaunty, trademark yarns, combining plot twists and utter fatuity in a way that just keeps you ploughing on, despite your better nature and the certainty that virtually any other activity would be a better use of these precious hours of life?

    The Man Booker judges seem to find reading a bit hard | Catherine Bennett

  • To all the people who re-elected Ms. Bachman to the congress here goes another of her attempts at being the stupidest of them all. census isn't a new concept but how would she know anything about it. one needs something called a workable analytical brain in their heads and not a gun that shoots crap every time it shoots. way to go bachman. you will truly reach the great heights in fatuity.

    Fellow Republicans urge Bachmann not to boycott 2010 Census

  • As they slide into their dotage, as their work becomes weak and repetitive, someone will always taunt you with their latest fatuity, reminding you how much you once loved them (in my case a role usually played by my father).

    March « 2010 « Squares of Wheat

  • "All these constituted a picture of British fatuity and fecklessness, which, though devoid of guile, was not devoid of guilt," he wrote, about a time when British politicians at least could claim that perhaps Hitler, far-off and unfamiliar, meant something other than what he said.

    Iran's Ahmadinejad, Information Pariah

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  • "'Hear, hear,' Mayor Thorin said in a voice that strove for the high ground of solemnity and fell with a splash into fatuity instead." From Wizard and Glass by Stephen King.

    January 27, 2011