Synonyms and Antonyms of Stupidity

Synonyms:

  • absurdity
  • apathy
  • idiocy
  • ignorance
  • lunacy
  • nonsense
  • silliness

Out of these synonyms, the one that stands out to me the most is “ignorance”.  Although it is listed as a synonym of stupidity, they do not mean the same thing.  To be ignorant is to lack knowledge of a subject.   To be stupid is to lack the capacity to have knowledge of a subject or to think one does have knowledge of a subject when, in fact, they do not.  Another synonym that stands out to me is “apathy”.  Most people do not think of someone who does not care when they think of stupidity.  However, this synonym, “absurdity”, relates to the definition of stupidity in the 1560s: “numbness”.

Antonyms:

  • intelligence
  • sense
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  1. I reformatted your list (use bullets);
    There is a difference between “To be stupid is to lack the capacity to have knowledge of a subject” which is associated with some mental impairment AND (not or) “to think one does have knowledge of a subject when, in fact, they do not” which is associated with a refusal or unwillingness to know. One is diminished capacity, the other a form of pig-headedness….you should point this out.
    Where is your multi media???
    some new information on the topic or reflective; informational post: attempts to synthesize information and form new meaning; well organized
    written in a somewhat interesting style and voice; words chosen mostly reflect author’s personality and brings content to life for the most part; sentence fluency is mostly achieved
    few spelling errors; few grammar errors; some formatting to help make the post easier to read
    NO multimedia???? adds new information

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