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Definition without intelligence — often implying a smugness or complacency
  • We could always count on her to make a fatuous remark about the day's headlines.
fatuous = unintelligent
  • 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
  • fatuous = without intelligence
  • We sat about that big round table as if assembled for a conference and looked at each other in a sort of fatuous consternation.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  Chance
  • "I am, of course, a mere student," said I, with a fatuous smile, "hardly more, I might say, than an earnest inquirer."
    Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan  --  The Lost World
  • In fetters of false values and fatuous words
    Nietzsche, Friedrich  --  Thus Spake Zarathustra: A Book For All And None
  • "Of course, you will dispute the will," she remarked, fatuously, to Catherine.
    Henry James  --  Washington Square
  • 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
  • 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
  • ...Illusions of reality represented in this fatuous comedy of life that never ends, nor can ever end!
    Luigi Pirandello  --  Six Characters in Search of an Author
  • 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
  • I don't want to be fatuous, but I think it is very possible."
    Henry James  --  The American
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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?
  • "Don't you like the poor lonely bachelor?" he yammered in a fatuous way.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • And in fatuous recollection a Galician peasants' saying came back to her: I am crawling into his ear.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • 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
(Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)

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