Origin of fatuousClassical Latin fatuus, foolish from Indo-European base an unverified form bh?t-, to strike from source batter
This man is fatuous.
The definition of fatuous is foolish or silly.
An example of fatuous is the nature of a clown.
Foolish or silly, especially in a smug or self-satisfied way: “an era of delicious, fatuous optimism shaped by the belief that enough good will on the part of people like ourselves could repair anything” ( Shirley Abbott ) See Synonyms at foolish.
Origin of fatuousFrom Latin fatuus
(comparative more fatuous, superlative most fatuous)
- Refers especially to foolishness and disregard of reality.
From Latin fatuus (“foolish, silly, simple”).
- The question of her marriage was all important, and her chances were not improved by the scandal of Chastelard, whether he acted as an emissary of the Huguenots, sent to smirch her character, or merely played the fatuous fool in his own conceit.
- When his father's abdication was extorted by a popular riot at Aranjuez in March 1808, he ascended the throne - not to lead his people manfully, but to throw himself into the hands of Napoleon, in the fatuous hope that the emperor would support him.
- If he had no sympathy with revolutionary disturbers of the peace, he had even less with the fatuous extravagances of the comte d'Artois and his reactionary entourage, and his influence was thrown into the scale of the moderate constitutional policy of which Richelieu and Decazes were the most conspicuous exponents.