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with Anu Garg

asinine

PRONUNCIATION:
(ASS-uh-nyn)

MEANING:
adjective: Extremely stupid; ridiculous.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin asinus (ass), from the general reputation of donkeys -- entirely undeserved -- as being stubborn and stupid.

USAGE:
"With banks crashing and unemployment soaring, Prohibition felt like what it was -- an asinine waste of time and money."
Dan Gardner; You Can't Tell Us Drug Legalization is Impossible; The Ottawa Citizen (Canada); Apr 10, 2009.

See more usage examples of asinine in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts. -John Locke, philosopher (1632-1704)

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