V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. smugly, complacently, and unconsciously foolish and inane; displaying clear lack of intelligence; 2. without reality--illusory

Synonyms: asinine, imbecile, ludicrous, moronic, vacuous, delusive, stupid, foolish, unreal

Antonyms: brilliant, intelligent, smart, wise, knowing

Tips: Fatuous describes a lack of awareness of how stupid one's comments or actions are. In the second meaning, a fatuous person may be deluded by some idea or hope.

Usage Examples:

In the animated movie "Beauty and the Beast," there is a fatuous character, Gaston, who brags incessantly about his meaningless exploits and falsely assumes he is superior to everyone. (imbecile, ludicrous, foolish)

Your hopes of manning a space shuttle are fatuous; you don't even have a college degree. (delusive, unreal)

I couldn't believe his fatuous statement to the press; he must either be deranged or the stupidest person I've ever seen. (asinine, ludicrous)

He is not very smart and is known for making fatuous comments before thinking them through. (asinine, ridiculous)

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