|Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (18701938). Rogets International Thesaurus. 1922.|
|Class IV. Words Relating to the Intellectual Faculties|
|Division (I) Formation of Ideas|
| Section V. Results of Reasoning|
|499. Imbecility. Folly.|
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|NOUN:||IMBECILITY; want of intelligence [See Intelligence. Wisdom], want of intellect [See Intellect]; shallowness, unwisdom, silliness, foolishness &c. adj.; morosis, incapacity, vacancy of mind, poverty of intellect, clouded perception, poor head; apartments -, rooms -, space- to let [all slang]; nobody home [slang]; stupidity, insulsity [rare], stolidity; hebetude, dull understanding, meanest capacity, shortsightedness; incompetence (unskillfulness) [See Unskillfulness].|
BIAS [See Misjudgment]; infatuation (insanity) [See Insanity]; ones weak side.
SIMPLICITY, puerility, babyhood; senility, dotage, anility, second childishness, fatuousness, fatuity; idiocy, idiotism, jobbernowlism [colloq., Eng.], driveling, driveling idiocy; senile dementia.
FOLLY, frivolity, irrationality, trifling, ineptitude, nugacity, futility, inconsistency, lip wisdom, conceit; sophistry [See Intuition. Sophistry]; giddiness (inattention) [See Inattention]; eccentricity [See Insanity]; extravagance (absurdity) [See Absurdity]; rashness [See Rashness].
act of folly [See Unskillfulness].
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|VERB:||BE IMBECILE &c. adj.; have no -brains, - sense [See Intelligence. Wisdom]; have a screw loose [colloq.].|
TRIFLE, drivel, radoter [F.], dote; ramble (madness) [See Insanity]; play the -fool, - monkey; take leave of ones senses; not see an inch beyond ones nose; stultify oneself [See Unskillfulness]; talk nonsense [See Absurdity].
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|ADJECTIVE:||[APPLIED TO PERSONS] UNINTELLIGENT, unintellectual, unreasoning; mindless, witless, reasonless, brainless; half-baked [colloq.], having no head [See Intelligence. Wisdom]; not bright [See Intelligence. Wisdom]; inapprehensive, thick [colloq.].|
blockish, unteachable; Botian, Botic; bovine; ungifted, undiscerning, unenlightened, unwise, unphilosophical; apish, simious, simian.
weak-, addle-, puzzle-, blunder-, muddle- [colloq.], jolter-, jolt-, chowder-, pig-, beetle-, buffle- [obs.], chuckle-, mutton-, gross- headed; maggot-pated [obs.], beef-headed, beef-witted, fat-headed, fat-witted.
WEAK-MINDED, feeble-minded; dull-, shallow-, lack- brained; rattle- brained, -headed; sap-head [colloq.], muddy- brained, addle-brained; half-, lean-, short-, shallow-, dull-, blunt- witted; shallow-, clod-, addle- pated; dim-, short- sighted; thick-skulled; thick-headed; weak in the upper story [colloq.], inapprehensible, nutty [slang], batty [slang], balmy in the crumpet [slang], loony or luny [slang].
SHALLOW, borné [F.], weak, wanting, soft [colloq.], sappy, spoony or spooney [slang]; dull, - as a beetle.
STUPID, heavy, insulse [rare], obtuse, blunt, stolid, doltish; asinine; inapt [See Unskillfulness]; prosaic [See Dullness]; hebetudinous, hebetate, hebete [rare].
CHILDISH, childlike; infantine, infantile, babyish, babish; puerile, senile, anile; simple(credulous) [See Credulity]; old-womanish.
IMBECILE, fatuous, idiotic, driveling; blatant, babbling; vacant; sottish; bewildered [See Uncertainty].
FOOLISH, silly, senseless, irrational, insensate, nonsensical, inept; maudlin.
NARROW-MINDED [See Misjudgment]; bigoted (obstinate) [See Obstinacy]; giddy (thoughtless) [See Inattention]; rash [See Rashness]; eccentric (crazed) [See Insanity].
[APPLIED TO ACTIONS] FOOLISH, unwise, injudicious, improper, unreasonable, without reason, ridiculous, silly, stupid, asinine; ill-imagined, ill-advised, ill-judged, ill-devised; mal entendu [F.]; inconsistent, irrational, unphilosophical; extravagant (nonsensical) [See Absurdity]; sleeveless [obs.], idle; useless [See Inutility]; inexpedient [See Inexpedience]; frivolous (trivial) [See Unimportance].
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- Davus sum non Ædipus.
- A fools bolt is soon shot.Henry V
- Clitellæ bovi sunt imposit.Cicero
- Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.Pope
- Il na ni bouche ni éperon.
- The bookful blockhead, ignorantly read.Pope
- To varnish nonsense with the charms of sound.Churchill
- And duller shouldst thou be than the fat weed That roots itself in ease on Lethe wharf.Hamlet
- Men are so necessarily foolish that not to be a fool is merely a varied freak of folly.Pascal