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The trick would fool none but the most credulous.
  gullible (being too willing to believe)
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credulity credulous credulously credulousness
Strongly Associated with:   credible, incredulous
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Standard Prefix:  Note that the prefix in- means not for this word. This is one of the common meanings of the prefix in- as seen in incorrect, independent, inexpensive, inefficient, inconsiderate, ...
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  • The trick would fool none but the most credulous.
  • She is so credulous she believes everything she reads.
  • Man is a credulous animal, and must believe something; in the absence of good grounds for belief, he will be satisfied with bad ones.
    Bertrand Russell
  • So I fear that your Dr. Jordan is either credulous to an infantile degree, or himself a great scoundrel;
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace

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  • Grandmother tried to cheer us with hopeful words, and they found an echo in the credulous hearts of youth.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • Antonia had the most trusting, responsive eyes in the world; love and credulousness seemed to look out of them with open faces.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • Even the humblest Party member is expected to be competent, industrious, and even intelligent within narrow limits, but it is also necessary that he should be a credulous and ignorant fanatic whose...
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • his credulous disciples believed that he had specifically fore-announced it, instead of only making a general prophecy
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Indeed, madame, you believe me too credulous!
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • But McWatt winked at him reassuringly as he climbed down from the plane and joshed hospitably with the credulous new pilot and bombardier during the jeep ride back to the squadron,
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22

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  • Oh, in such cases the criminal is often amazingly shallow and credulous.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • A man is never more credulous than in receiving favourable opinions on the beauty of a woman he is half, or quite, in love with;
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • As our credulity switched back to her she leaned forward with enthusiasm.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • The more credulous townsfolk called it a sign from God.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Thus credulous fools are caught;
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • modest wisdom plucks me from over-credulous haste:
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • Ah, credulity of love!
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • For she is credulous and good-hearted, and she believes everything from the goodness of her heart andů
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • If he be credulous and trust my tale,
    William Shakespeare  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • though there are some, too, who say you showed yourself over-credulous in believing there was any possibility in the government of that island offered you by Senor Don Quixote.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • His voice alone inspires one with absolute credulity.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest
  • A credulous father!
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • Tom bent down close to it and said, "Lady-bug, lady-bug, fly away home, your house is on fire, your children’s alone," and she took wing and went off to see about it —which did not surprise the boy, for he knew of old that this insect was credulous ... and he had practised upon its simplicity more than once.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • I have perused several books of travels with great delight in my younger days; but having since gone over most parts of the globe, and been able to contradict many fabulous accounts from my own observation, it has given me a great disgust against this part of reading, and some indignation to see the credulity of mankind so impudently abused.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • he whose ignorant credulity will not come up to th’ truth:
    William Shakespeare  --  The Winter’s Tale
  • a fond mother, though, in pursuit of praise for her children, the most rapacious of human beings, is likewise the most credulous; her demands are exorbitant; but she will swallow any thing;
    Jane Austen  --  Sense and Sensibility
  • Master Kidderminster, grown too maturely turfy to be received by the wildest credulity as Cupid any more, had yielded to the invincible force of circumstances (and his beard), and...
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • Nay, call us ten times frail;
    For we are soft as our complexions are,
    And credulous to false prints.
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • He was open-minded, but not credulous.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • They’ve all a touching credulity concerning tomorrows.
    Eugene O’Neill  --  The Iceman Cometh
  • He who had been a boy very credulous of life was no longer greatly interested in the possible and improbable adventures of each new day.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • Seek no mercy from me, sir, in behalf of the fellow who has imposed upon your childish credulity, but let him expect the worst that I can do.’
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • But may not be so credulous of cure,
    William Shakespeare  --  All’s Well That Ends Well
  • Oh, Mr Clennam, can you really be so credulous?
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • It is extraordinary how credulous the peasants are about here!
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • What use were anger and protestations against her silly credulity?
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • Those acute and long-practised senses, whose powers so often exceed the limits of all ordinary credulity,
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • Really your organs of wonder and credulity are easily excited:
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • ...the hymn’s grave language sung in so credulous a spirit moved him,
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • The advocates of the tinder-box-and-pedlar view considered the other side a muddle-headed and credulous set,
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • A most poor credulous monster!
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • He was ... an odd mixture of small shrewdness and simple credulity.
    Washington Irving  --  The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
  • What more was needed, simple and credulous as she was?
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • So glistered the dire Snake, and into fraud
    Led Eve, our credulous mother, to the tree
    Of prohibition, root of all our woe
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • ...smiled credulously on the representative of His Majesty.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • ...she had inserted the neck of an old bottle, in such a manner that ... when there was the least wind, most doleful and lugubrious wailing sounds proceeded from it, which, in a high wind, increased to a perfect shriek, such as to credulous and superstitious ears might easily seem to be that of horror and despair.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Her eternal smile seemed to have been brought on by the credulity of her customers, who accepted as something certain an establishment that did not exist except in the imagination, because even the tangible things there were unreal:
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • "Credulous," he murmured, as our visitor departed, "but perhaps not more than most of her class."
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • She was credulous, perhaps; a born hero-worshipper; yet she did question and examine unceasingly.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • But if you are naturally vulgar and credulous, as all reformers are,
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
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Associated words [difficulty]:   credulous [5] , credible [3] , incredulous [1] , incredulous [1] , credible [3]
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