499. Imbecility. Folly.

499. Imbecility. Folly.NOUN. want of -intelligence &c. 498, want of - intellect &c. 450; shadowness, silliness, foolishness &c. adj.; imbecility, incapacity, vacancy of mind, poverty of intellect, weakness of intellect, clouded perception, poor head, apartments to let; stupidity, stolidity; hebetude, dull understanding, meanest capacity, shortsightedness; incompetence &c (unskillfulness) 699.

one’s weak side, not one’s strong point; bias &c 481; infatuation &c. (insanity) 503.

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

folly, frivolity, irrationality, trifling, ineptitude, nugacity, inconsistency, lip wisdom, conceit; sophistry &c. 477; giddiness &c (inattention) 458; eccentricity &c. 503; extravagance &c (absurdity) 497; rashness &c. 863.

act of folly &c. 699.

b. be - imbecile &c adj.; have no brains, have no sense &c. 498.

trifle, drivel, radoter, dote; ramble &c (madness) 503; play the fool, play the monkey, monkey around, fool around; take leave of one’s senses (insanity) 503; not see an inch beyond one’s nose; stultify oneself &c. 699; talk nonsense &c. 497.

ADJ. [Applied to persons] unintelligent, unintellectual, unreasoning; mindless, witless, reasoningless, brainless; half-baked; having no head &c. 498; not -bright &c. 498; 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, blunt-witted, shallow-pated, clod-pated, addle-pated; dim-sighted, short-sighted; thick-skulled; weak in the upper story.

shallow, borné, weak, wanting, soft, sappy, spoony; dull, dull as a beetle; stupid, heavy, insulse, obtuse, blunt, stolid, doltish; asinine; inapt &c. 699; prosaic &c. 843; hebetudinous.

childish, child-like; infantine, infantile, babyish, babish; puerile, anile; simple &c. (credulous) 486; old-womanish.

fatuous, idiotic, imbecile, driveling; blatant, babbling; vacant; sottish; bewildered &c. 475.

blockish, unteachable Bœotian, Bœotic; bovine; ungifted, undiscerning, unenlightened, unwise, unphilosophical; apish; simious.

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

narrow-minded &c. 481; bigoted &c. (obstinate) 606; giddy &c. (thoughtless) 458; rash &c. 863; eccentric &c. (crazed) 503.

[Applied to actions] foolish, unwise, injudicious, improper, unreasonable, without reason, ridiculous, absurd, idiotic, silly, stupid, asinine; ill-imagined, ill-advised, ill-judged, ill-devised; mal entendu [Fr.]; inconsistent, irrational, unphilosophical; extravagant &c (nonsensical) 497; sleeveless, idle; pointless, useless &c. 645; inexpedient &c. 647; frivolous &c. (trivial) 643.

PHR. Davus sum non Œdipus. [Lat.] {Terentius— Andria. I. ii. 23. “I am Davus not Œdipus.” }.

“You are the better at proverbs by how much ‘A fool’s bolt / is soon shot.’ ” {Shakespeare—King Henry V. Act III. Sc. 7. }.

“Nay, fly to altars; there they’ll talk you dead: / For fools rush in where angels fear to tread.” {Alexander Pope—An Essay on Criticism. Pt. III.}.

A la presse vont les fous. [Fr.] {Proverb“Fools go in throngs.” }.

A laver la tête d’un âne on ne perd que le temps et la lessive. [Fr.] {Proverb“To wash an ass’s head is but loss of time and soap.” (To reprove a fool is but lost labour). }.

Chacun a un fou dans sa manche. [Fr.] {Proverb“Every one has a fool in his sleeve.” }.

Dieu seul devine les sots. [Fr.] {Proverb“God alone understands fools.” }.

Enfants et fous sont devins. [Fr.] {Proverb“Children and fools are prophets.” }.

Fou qui se tait passe pour sage. [Fr.] {Proverb“The fool who is silent passes for wise.” }.

Jean a étudié pour être bête. [Fr.] {Proverb“John has been to school to learn to be a fool.” }.

Les fous inventent les modes et les sages les suivent. [Fr.] {Proverb“Fools invent fashions and wise men follow them.” }.

Los niños y los locos dicen la verdad. [Sp.] {Proverb“Children and fools speak the truth.” }.

“Such shameless bards we have; and yet ’tis true, / There are as mad, abandon’d critics too. / The bookful blockhead, ignorantly read, / With loads of learned lumber in his head, / With his own tongue still edifies his ears, / And always listening to himself appears.” {Alexander Pope—An Essay on Criticism Pt. III.}.

“To varnish nonsense with the charms of sound.” {Charles Churchill—The Apology. }.

Rationis expers. [Lat.] {“Void of reason.” }.

“The chief disease that reigns this year is folly.” {Proverb}.

“Folly is the Queen Regent of the world.” {Proverb}.

El mal que non tiene cura es locura. [Sp.] {Proverb“Folly is the most incurable of diseases.” }.


Roget’s Thesaurus 1911. Compiled, edited and supplemented by Nicholas Shea. Dev version 1.7.9b Compiled on: 19 January 2022 at 05:16:38
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