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Synonyms for fatuousness

a ludicrous folly

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But most directors won't and critics can't go so far as to pretend that Act V doesn't exist; but they can and do "problematize" it, stress the (as they see it) fatuousness and fecklessness of the characters, damp down as much Of the charm and high spirits of Belmont as "reading against the grain" will allow.
The time has come to put this exercise in fatuousness out of its misery" - Broadcaster Jeremy Paxman announcing the end of Newsnight emails.
Monogamy is the same" Actor Rupert Everett, below "Finance woman on BBC Breakfast clearly came directly from a night out and it's debatable whether that's a skirt or not" Tweeter Kirstie Allsopp criticises PR chief Melanie Bien's attire on TV "The time has come to put this exercise in fatuousness out of its misery" Broadcaster Jeremy Paxman announcing the end of Newsnight e-mails "I've definitely learned my lesson.
Besides revealing his own fatuousness, Mr Bhanot is insulting in assuming that the reportedly poor hygienic conditions would have passed muster for Indians.
For example, "Carson's virtual HMS Belfast is manned, in apparently unsectarian fashion, by 'Both Catestants and Protholics', the playful transposition suggesting the interchangeability of these opposing creeds but also, perhaps, the fatuousness of their antithesis" (110).
Rather than trying to humanize animals, as did Trimmer, Krylov wrote social satires that "animalized" people and reinforced stereotypes in order to expose the fatuousness and corruption of Russian morals and institutions.
I would like to think those of us who recognize our younger, more foolish selves in these pages can let ourselves grin (or cringe) at the hypocrisy and fatuousness that The Feminist Promise exposes.
Alonso's remarks bespeak fatuousness in several other ways: "[excluding] the bully .
Beane's target is the plummeting integrity of the fourth estate, the fatuousness of celebrity culture, the minimal importance placed on talent with regard to fame and the appetite of the masses for every inane tidbit--a hunger so voracious that the notion of truth becomes irrelevant.
Be for me, like rain, the getting out of the tiredness, the fatuousness, the semi- lust of intentional indifference.
The fatuousness of quoting Leviticus 18:22 in a public debate on gay rights can only be exceeded by the pervasive application of the divine favor shown Israel in 2 Chronicles 7:14 to the United States.
Think of the sublime fatuousness of Rudy Giuliani likening sleep deprivation to the fatigue of campaigning, Rush Limbaugh characterizing Abu Ghraib as just a "frat-house prank," or Dick Cheney dismissing waterboarding as a mere "dunking," as if we might find children enjoying it at a county fair.
He seldom seems to witness, let alone seek, examples of fatuousness, pomposity, and other prevalent vanities.
Such papers are produced by economists who understand the fatuousness of the Robbins dictum.
So how is it possible that a former professor does not understand the unspeakable fatuousness of his comparison of road maintenance and destroyed life?