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asinine

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj asinine devoid of intelligence
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Asinine Of or belonging to, or having the qualities of, the ass, as stupidity and obstinacy. "Asinine nature.""Asinine feast."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • asinine Belonging to or characteristic of the ass.
    • asinine Having the qualities attributed to the ass; stupid; obstinate; obtrusively silly; offensively awkward.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Asinine as′in-īn of or like an ass
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. asininus, fr. asinus, ass. See Ass
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
See Ass.

Usage

In literature:

Not so with the asinine contingent.
"The Old Game" by Samuel G. Blythe
Whatever happens to John Bull will be the proper reward of his asinine stupidity.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Trying not to be and yet keeping in it was of the two things the more asinine.
"The Wings of the Dove, Volume II" by Henry James
It all seemed so absurd; these grim-faced men acting out an asinine tableau.
"The Terrible Answer" by Arthur G. Hill
All the asinine proportions of the affair had been so explained to her as to leave no doubt on her mind as to the matter.
"The Landleaguers" by Anthony Trollope
First I exhausted the manuals of the Inquisition, the asinine foolings of the Dominicans.
"La Sorcière: The Witch of the Middle Ages" by Jules Michelet
I'm afraid this mess we're all in shows that we did an asinine thing in coming down here after the doubloons.
"Doubloons--and the Girl" by John Maxwell Forbes
Of asinine things this seemed the silliest.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
I can only tell you how sorry I am, and how I have spent life cursing my blundering asinine stupidity ever since.
"Renshaw Fanning's Quest" by Bertram Mitford
It was no thanks to me and my blundering asinine stupidity that you came in safe at all.
"John Ames, Native Commissioner" by Bertram Mitford
This is Ellis's town, and we're not going to let a dod-blinged mugwump like your asinine daddy ruin it.
"Jap Herron" by Emily Grant Hutchings
Poor critics, publishers, and readers; what a set they were, how blind, how asinine, how spiteful!
"Helena Brett's Career" by Desmond Coke
Finally, I took my leave, conscious that I had been asinine in my remarks and had made a deplorable impression.
"A Top-Floor Idyl" by George van Schaick
Some notes were refused with heroic, or shall I call it asinine endurance.
"The Memoirs of Count Carlo Gozzi" by Count Carlo Gozzi
What asinine mistakes the law does sometimes make.
"The Riddle of the Night" by Thomas W. Hanshew
Don't make a bad matter worse by injecting your personal brand of asininity.
"In And Out" by Edgar Franklin
The asinine public has to be told who are the writers worth reading.
"The Call of the Town" by John Alexander Hammerton
These equine and asinine glories have passed away, extinguished by the rail.
"Lancashire Folk-lore" by John Harland
Why can not you keep quiet, instead of making your asinine remarks?
"Among the Humorists and After Dinner Speakers, Vol. I" by Various
It was more than he could stand, this asinine mockery.
"The King of Alsander" by James Elroy Flecker
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In poetry:

To cut men's throats to help them count their votes
Is asinine--nay, worse--ascidian folly;
Blindness like that would scare the mole and bat,
And make the liveliest monkey melancholy.
"How To Not Settle It" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Berkeley's Asinine Sitting Ban Measure.
DeAngelo Hall calls Adrian Peterson's slap accusation ' asinine '.
Missouri congressman's rape comments were 'absolutely asinine '.
Smith calls Skip Bayless' Harden argument ' asinine .
Comparing NFL players to slaves is asinine .
Padres closer calls match ' asinine '.
Golden boils over at Squadron's ' asinine ' bill.
What a false and asinine decision.
Just when you think you've heard it all about the TSA and their suspected "terrorist threats," they come up with something even more asinine.
Handgun Legislation Outrageous, Ridiculous and Asinine.
Handgun Legislation "Outrageous, Ridiculous and Asinine".
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero called legislation that would change state rules for handgun sales "outrageous, ridiculous and asinine" Monday, as he joined a coalitions of other mayors and police fighting the measure.
"The bill is dangerous, the bill is asinine, it's incredible to me that in the year 2012 we'd be talking about easing restrictions," Bernero added.
Handgun Legislation "Outrageous, Ridiculous and Asinine".
James Maiewski opined that the statement "Scientists are still divided 50/50 on global warming" is asinine.
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