fatuous vs vacuous what difference

what is difference between fatuous and vacuous

English

Etymology

From Latin fatuus (foolish, silly, simple).

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈfæt.ju.əs/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈfætʃ.u.əs/

Adjective

fatuous (comparative more fatuous, superlative most fatuous)

  1. Obnoxiously stupid, vacantly silly, content in one’s foolishness.
    • 2004, Frank Tallis, Love Sick: Love as a Mental Illness (page 46)
      A fatuous love affair can easily result in a fatuous marriage. A couple who hardly know each other and, indeed, may not even really like each other, make a commitment that has little chance of being honoured.

Synonyms

  • (obnoxiously stupid): childish, imbecilic, inane, insipid, puerile

Related terms

  • fatuity
  • fatuously
  • fatuousness
  • infatuate

Translations



English

Etymology

Latin vacuus (empty, vacant)

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈvækju.əs/

Adjective

vacuous (comparative more vacuous, superlative most vacuous)

  1. Empty; void; lacking meaningful content.
  2. Showing a lack of thought or intelligence; vacant

Derived terms

  • vacuity (noun)
  • vacuously (adverb)
  • vacuousness (noun)

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