stupidity


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STUPIDITY, med. jur. That state of the mind which cannot perceive and embrace the data presented to it by the senses; and therefore the stupid person can, in general, form no correct judgment. It is a want of the perceptive powers. Ray, Med. Jur. c. 3, Sec. 40. Vide Imbecility.

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In direct proportion to the white man's stupidity is his success in farming the world--"
Perhaps it's his stupidity that makes him succeed, and surely one phase of his stupidity is his inability to understand the niggers.
He seemed suddenly to have relapsed into his wonted state of dense stupidity.
I found nothing but stupidity, except for business.
The record of your stupidity is there in the books, your own books that you never read.
The stupidity of that wandering stare had a paralysing power.
Why, at Bing's, the curio-dealer," said the other with an air of the heaviest possible stupidity.
We are all of us born in moral stupidity, taking the world as an udder to feed our supreme selves: Dorothea had early begun to emerge from that stupidity, but yet it had been easier to her to imagine how she would devote herself to Mr.
Vasili Andreevich shook his head disapprovingly at what Nikita was doing, as in general he disapproved of the peasant's stupidity and lack of education, and he began to settle himself down for the night.
Among the curious developments of human stupidity which occasionally present themselves to view, surely the least excusable is the stupidity which, to this day, persists in wondering why the Scotch succeed so well in life!
In response, Stallone wrote on his post, 'Please ignore this stupidity.
Network Rail called for an end to the "entirely avoidable stupidity of lorry drivers who crash into bridges because they don't know the height of their vehicles".