Asinine As"i*nine, a. [L. asininus, fr. asinus ass. See {Ass}.] Of or belonging to, or having the qualities of, the ass, as stupidity and obstinacy. ``Asinine nature.'' --B. Jonson. ``Asinine feast.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

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  • asinine — index fatuous, ludicrous, obtuse, opaque, puerile, unreasonable Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • asinine — c.1600, obstinate, stupid, from L. asininus stupid, lit. like an ass, from asinus ass, also dolt, blockhead (see ASS (Cf. ass) (1)). The literal sense in English is recorded from 1620s …   Etymology dictionary

  • asinine — *simple, fatuous, silly, foolish Analogous words: *stupid, crass, dumb, dense, dull, slow: puerile (see YOUTHFUL): irrational, unreasonable Antonyms: sensible, judicious Contrasted words: *wise, sane, prudent, sapient, sage: intelligent, clever,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • asinine — [adj] senseless absurd, cretinous, daft, foolish, half witted, idiotic, inane, moronic, silly, sophomoric, stupid; concepts 402,548 …   New thesaurus

  • asinine — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ extremely stupid or foolish. DERIVATIVES asininity noun. ORIGIN Latin asininus, from asinus ass …   English terms dictionary

  • asinine — [as′ə nīn΄] adj. [L asininus < asinus, ass] of or like an ass; esp., having qualities regarded as characteristic of asses; stupid, silly, obstinate, etc. SYN. SILLY asininely adv …   English World dictionary

  • asinine — adj. asinine to + inf. (it was asinine to behave like that) * * * [ æsɪnaɪn] asinine to + inf. (it was asinine to behave like that) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • asinine — asininely, adv. asininity /as euh nin i tee/, n. /as euh nuyn /, adj. 1. foolish, unintelligent, or silly; stupid: It is surprising that supposedly intelligent people can make such asinine statements. 2. of or like an ass: asinine obstinacy;… …   Universalium

  • asinine — [[t]æ̱sɪnaɪn[/t]] ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you describe something or someone as asinine, you mean that they are very foolish. [FORMAL] I have never heard such an asinine discussion. Syn: idiotic, moronic …   English dictionary

  • asinine — adjective Etymology: Latin asininus, from asinus ass Date: 15th century 1. extremely or utterly foolish < an asinine excuse > 2. of, relating to, or resembling an ass Synonyms: see simple • asininely adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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