IV. WORDS RELATING TO THE INTELLECTUAL FACULTIES; FORMATION OF IDEAS

V. RESULTS OF REASONING

Imbecility. Folly

[Antonyms: intelligence, wisdom.]

[Nouns] want of intelligence [more], want of intellect [more]; shadowness, silliness, foolishness; imbecility, incapacity, vacancy of mind, poverty of intellect, clouded perception, poor head, apartments to let; stupidity, stolidity; hebetude, dull understanding, meanest capacity, shortsightedness; incompetence (unskillfulness) [more].

one's weak side; bias [more]; infatuation (insanity) [more].

simplicity, puerility, babyhood; dotage, anility, second childishness, fatuity; idiocy, idiotism; driveling.

folly, frivolity, irrationality, trifling, ineptitude, nugacity, inconsistency, lip wisdom, conceit; sophistry [more]; giddiness (inattention) [more]; eccentricity [more]; extravagance (absurdity) [more]; rashness [more].

act of folly [more].

be imbecile; have no brains, have no sense [more].

trifle, drivel, radoter, dote; ramble (madness) [more]; play the fool, play the monkey; take leave of one's senses; not see an inch beyond one's nose; stultify oneself [more]; talk nonsense [more].

[Adjectives] [Applied to persons] unintelligent, unintellectual, unreasoning; mindless, witless, reasoningless, brainless; halfbaked; having no head [more]; not bright [more]; inapprehensible.

weak headed, addle headed, puzzle headed, blunder headed, muddle headed, muddy headed, pig headed, beetle headed, buffle headed, chuckle headed, mutton headed, maggoty headed, grossheaded; beef headed, fat witted, fat-headed.

weak-minded, feeble-minded; dull minded, shallow minded, lack-brained; rattle-brained, rattle headed; half witted, lean witted, short witted, dull witted, blund-witted, shallow-pated, clod-pated, addle-pated; dim-sighted, short-sighted; thick-skulled; weak in the upper story.

shallow, borne, weak, wanting, soft, sappy, spoony; dull, dull as a beetle; stupid, heavy, insulse, obtuse, blunt, stolid, doltish; asinine; inapt [more]; prosaic [more]; hebetudinous.

childish; infantine, infantile, babyish, babish; puerile, anile; simple (credulous) [more].

fatuous, idiotic, imbecile, driveling; blatant, babbling; vacant; sottish; bewildered [more].

blockish, unteachable, Boeotian, Boeotic; bovine; ungifted, undiscerning, unenlightened, unwise, unphilosphical; apish; simious.

foolish, silly, senseless, irrational, insensate, nonsensical, inept; maudlin.

narrow-minded [more]; bigoted (obstinate) [more]; giddy (thoughtless) [more]; rash [more]; eccentric (crazed) [more].

[Applied to actions] foolish, unwise, injudicious, improper, unreasonable, without reason, ridiculous, silly, stupid, asinine; ill-imagined, ill-advised, ill-judged, ill-devised; mal entendu; inconsistent, irrational, unphilosophical; extravagant (nonsensical) [more]; sleeveless, idle; useless [more]; inexpedient [more]; frivolous (trivial) [more].

[Phrases] Davus sum non [Edipus]; "a fool's bolt is soon shot" [Henry V.] clitellae bovi sunt impositae [Cicero]; "fools rush in where angels fear to tread" [Pope]; il n'a ni bouche ni eperon; "the bookful blockhead, ignorantly read" [Pope]; "to varnish nonsense with the charms of sound" [Churchill].

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