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We could always count on her to make a fatuous remark about the day’s headlines.
  without intelligence — often implying a smugness or complacency
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  • We could always count on her to make a fatuous remark about the day’s headlines.
  • The blogger is not wholly fatuous.
    London, Jack  --  Martin Eden
  • Then he turned his own rather fatuous face to the company.
    Chesterton, Gilbert K.  --  The Wisdom Of Father Brown
  • As she walked about the yellowing hillsides or worked at easy tasks, her lips were curled in a perpetual fatuous smile.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Red Pony

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  • Jean Louise heard herself repeating fatuously.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • And in fatuous recollection a Galician peasants’ saying came back to her: I am crawling into his ear.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • We were good mimics, both of us, and often conducted entire conversations in other people’s voices: dumb newscasters, whiny girls, wheedling and fatuous teachers.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • I am young, I am twenty years old; yet I know nothing of life but despair, death, fear, and fatuous superficiality cast over an abyss of sorrow.
    Erich Maria Remarque  --  All Quiet on the Western Front
  • The irritating thing was that in the racket of voices Winston could hardly hear what Parsons was saying, and was constantly having to ask for some fatuous remark to be repeated.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • Connie Rivers lifted the high tail-gate out of the truck and got down and helped Rose of Sharon to the ground; and she accepted it nobly, smiling her wise, self-satisfied smile, mouth tipped at the corners a little fatuously.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath

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  • Simon said, very much hoping that she wouldn’t put down the fatuousness of the question to the fact that he was stalling for time.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • He experienced a sudden anger at her: fatuous old witch with her mouth full of platitudes.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Such bereavement, witnessed at close range, makes even the most eloquent apologia for high-risk activities ring fatuous and hollow.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Her expression of duplicity was balanced by the fatuous confidence with which the Unicorn regarded her.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • She welcomed the news that Ashley now had a home of his own, so she could remove herself from uncongenial surroundings and also from the distressing sight of her sister so fatuously happy with a man unworthy of her.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • He saw himself as a ludicrous figure, acting as a pennyboy for his aunts, a nervous, well-meaning sentimentalist, orating to vulgarians and idealising his own clownish lusts, the pitiable fatuous fellow he had caught a glimpse of in the mirror.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • He went briskly around the block with the fatuousness of one of Tarkington’s adolescents, hurrying at the blind places lest he miss Rosemary’s coming out of the studio.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • He did not even have to be told in words that he had surely found the lost Lucas Burch; it seemed to him now that only crassest fatuousness and imbecility should have kept unaware.
    William Faulkner  --  Light in August
  • "Well, I lay there helpless in the face of my own cowardice and fatuousness again," he said.
    Anne Rice  --  Interview with the Vampire
  • "Of course, you will dispute the will," she remarked, fatuously, to Catherine.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • Several other women also chimed in, with an animus which none of them would have been so fatuous as to show but for the rollicking evening they had passed.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • "Let me only get there," he had said with the fatuousness of Crusoe over his big boat, "and the rest is but a matter of time and energy."
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • This was more exciting, the inner images it evoked more definite, and the singers’ expressions became fatuous and languid.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • He was as devoted as it was possible to be without appearing fatuous.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • A fatuous lie; at her age there are no crises left in marriage, only acceptance and extraction.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • Apart from your obscene brutality, mon general, you are a fatuous, hollow bore, a cruel joke on your people!
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • "Don’t you like the poor lonely bachelor?" he yammered in a fatuous way.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • On those walks we talked about Tradd and Commerce, God, and politics, as well as the silliest, most fatuous, most inconsequential things.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • She was one of the small ones of the earth; she had not been born to honours; she knew the world too well to nourish fatuous illusions on the article of her own place in it.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • But the Popular Daughter becomes engaged every six months between sixteen and twenty-two, when she arranges a match with young Hambell, of Cambell & Hambell, who fatuously considers himself her first love, and between engagements the P. D. (she is selected by the cut-in system at dances, which favors the survival of the fittest) has other sentimental last kisses in the moonlight, or the firelight, or the outer darkness.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • Swann made no attempt, however, to modify this conception of fashion; feeling that his own came no nearer to the truth, was just as fatuous, devoid of all importance, he saw no advantage to be gained by imparting it to his mistress, with the result that, after a few months, she ceased to take any interest in the people to whose houses he went, except when they were the means of his obtaining tickets for the paddock at race-meetings or first-nights at the theatre.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • Of course that seems to you too fatuous.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • In all ages, indeed, grammarians appear to have been fatuous.
    Henry L. Mencken  --  The American Language
  • Would you ever allow a book of evolutionary psychology applied to art not to be entirely fatuous?
    Adam Gopnik  --  Can Science Explain Why We Tell Stories?
  • "Yes, ma’am," the specialist said, smiling fatuously.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • Now, from the fatuous vantage of her office in exile, Annie reflected on such deeds and on the losses within her that had prompted them.
    Nicholas Evans  --  The Horse Whisperer
  • …Illusions of reality represented in this fatuous comedy of life that never ends, nor can ever end! Because if tomorrow it were to end…then why, all would be finished.
    Luigi Pirandello  --  Six Characters in Search of an Author
  • He was still grinning fatuously.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
  • She was one of the small ones of the earth; she had not been born to honours; she knew the world too well to nourish fatuous illusions on the article of her own place in it.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • He lived outside time, indifferent to the wisdom of age or the rights of station, indifferent even to that studied and fatuous indifference of people like Miss Bunce, the probation officer, whose every gesture was a parody of people like Hodge.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • With fatuous beaming he described a night at Barney’s; without any success whatever he tried to be funny; and when Madeline lectured him on the evils of liquor and the evils of association with immoral persons, he was for once relieved.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • She divined that all the pride, blue blood, wealth, culture, distinction, all the impersonal condescending persuasion, all the fatuous philanthropy on earth would not avail to turn this man a single hair’s-breadth from his downward career to destruction.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • To claim to ’respect’ and even to ’love’ the great mass with their yaps at one end and smelly feet at the other requires the fatuous, uncritical, saccharine, blind, sentimental slobbishness found in some nursery supervisors, most spaniel dogs, and all missionaries.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • I noticed both with these pretty girls and with everybody else we met, that in default of serious news, such as we had heard at Maple-Durham, they were eager to discuss all the little details of life: the weather, the hay-crop, the last new house, the plenty or lack of such and such birds, and so on; and they talked of these things not in a fatuous and conventional way, but as taking, I say, real interest in them.
    William Morris  --  News from Nowhere
  • Hans Castorp, as we have said, took note of them in his kindhearted way and he opened himself to them as a way of testing them—from which it became particularly clear that the waking Hans Castorp was a very different person from the fatuously dreaming Hans Castorp, who had called Settembrini an "organ-grinder" to his face and tried with all his might to push him out of the way because he was "bothering" him.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Don’t be silly," I said, for the language of all our nights in the roadster and in the porch swing suddenly seemed, in the glare of morning and with the desperation in me, fatuous and loathsome.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • I don’t want to be fatuous, but I think it is very possible."
    Henry James  --  The American
  • Instead, I composed an essay on peace so fatuous that it might have done credit to a professional editorial writer: "Tonight, it’s almost like a miracle to think that nowhere on the entire earth is there one single, insignificant little war being fought.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • The RADIO MAN has received his signal from off-stage, and he begins to speak into the microphone.) RADIO MAN (Low, with dramatic intensity) Ladies and gentlemen, this is Harry Esterbrook, speaking to you from the courthouse in Hillsboro, where the jury is just returning to the courtroom to render its verdict in the fatuous Hillsboro Monkey Trial case.
    Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee  --  Inherit the Wind
  • Who was fooled by that fatuous legalism?
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
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