Adjective "asinine" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Extremely stupid or foolish.
  1. 'It is the most perfectly asinine closing statement I think I have ever heard by a ‘professional’ writer.'
  2. 'To draw the conclusion that this person is a terrorist based on this ‘evidence’ is asinine.'
  3. 'However, all of his blind, asinine nonsense was going to be put to an end.'
  4. 'I have to admit, with a heavy heart, that when I originally read about the new villains, I thought they sounded asinine, with daft names and even dafter looks.'
  5. 'Each interview conducted by a HR specialist was asinine in the extreme, without exception.'
  6. 'Now this was asinine enough to get him some serious humiliation.'
  7. 'He earned the dough to bring this asinine concept to life, and has even recruited some heavy hitters to nurture it.'
  8. 'The writing is worse than asinine, and the direction assumes an audience who won't get the jokes unless they are battered with them for several minutes.'
  9. 'That's asinine and they will be undone by their sloppy decision-making.'
  10. 'He had asked for some time off to help promote his CD, which was, you know, incredibly asinine to do at the beginning of the season.'


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; asinine features.

More examples(as adjective)

"remarks can be asinine."

"pretentiousnesses can be asinine."

"posturings can be asinine."

"policies can be asinine."

"penalties can be asinine."

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Late 15th century: from Latin asininus, from asinus ‘ass’.