fatuous

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From Latin fatuus (foolish, silly, simple).

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fatuous (comparative more fatuous, superlative most fatuous)

  1. Obnoxiously stupid, vacantly silly, content in one's foolishness.
    • 2004, Frank Tallis, Love Sick: Love as a Mental Illness (page 46)
      A fatuous love affair can easily result in a fatuous marriage. A couple who hardly know each other and, indeed, may not even really like each other, make a commitment that has little chance of being honoured.
    • 2020 December 2, Christian Wolmar, “Wales offers us glimpse of an integrated transport policy”, in Rail, page 56:
      While much publicity is given to fatuous 'reversing Beeching' ideas, the reality is that the real investment is focused on expanding the road network - [...].

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