The Closing Word: Fatuous

The Closing Word: SybariticThis week we continue our vocabulary-building series, “The Closing Word.” Each week we provide a new word to help build your vocabulary and show you an example of how to use it.

This week’s closing word:


Pronounced: (FAT-chew-us)

devoid of intelligence ”Fatuous derives from the Latin fatuus meaning “foolish.” It sounds like it should have something to do with being fat, but it actually has no relation to size. Fatuus itself comes from a root that also gave us “debate” and this might be a good way to remember it. You want to debate someone who’s fatuous, because they are unintelligent, silly and even a bit conceited, so they probably won’t be very persuasive debaters.”

“It is hard to maintain the respect of the people when you make fatuous proclamations utterly divorced from reality.”


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