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Nov 12, 2010
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with Anu Garg

fatuous

PRONUNCIATION:
(FACH-oo-uhs)

MEANING:
adjective: Foolish or inane, especially in a complacent and smug manner.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin fatuus (foolish). Earliest recorded use: 1633.

USAGE:
"You know it's patronising because every five minutes there is an utterly fatuous remark dressed up as profundity."
Amol Rajan; When Women Aren't on Top; The Independent (London, UK); Oct 13, 2010.

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

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