/ɪnˈsɪpiəns/ (say in'sipeeuhns)

lack of wisdom; folly.
{late Middle English, from Latin insipientia}
insipient, adjective
insipiently, adverb

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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  • Insipience — In*sip i*ence, n. [L. insipientia: cf. OF. insipience.] Lack of intelligence; stupidity; folly. [R.] Blount. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • insipience — early 15c., lack of wisdom, foolishness, from O.Fr. insipience, from L. insipientia folly, from insipientem (see INSIPIENT (Cf. insipient)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • insipience — [in sip′ē əns] n. [ME < OFr < L insipientia < insipiens, unwise, foolish < in + sapiens, wise: see IN 2 & SAPIENT] Archaic lack of wisdom or intelligence; stupidity insipient adj …   English World dictionary

  • insipience — (entrée créée par le supplément) (in si pi an s ) s. f. Défaut de lumière, de sagesse. •   Si la nécessité des choses ne faisait justice de l insipience des hommes, PROUDHON Réform. exploit. chemins de fer, p. 98, Paris, 1868. ÉTYMOLOGIE    Lat.… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • insipience — insipient, adj. insipiently, adv. /in sip ee euhns/, n. Archaic. lack of wisdom; foolishness. [1375 1425; late ME < L insipientia foolishness, equiv. to insipient s. of insipiens foolish (in IN 3 + sipient , comb. form of sapient SAPIENT) + ia;… …   Universalium

  • insipience — n. foolishness, lack of wisdom (Archaic) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • insipience — in·sip·i·ence …   English syllables

  • insipience —   n. stupidity.    ♦ insipient, a …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • insipience — ə̇nˈsipēən(t)s noun ( s) Etymology: Middle English, from Middle French, from Old French, from Latin insipientia folly, from insipient , insipiens insipient + …   Useful english dictionary

  • fatuity — n 1. silliness, absurdity, absurdness, Archaic. insipience, foolishness, fatuousness, infatuation; unreasonableness, irrationality, illogicalness, illogicality; asininity, idiocy, idioticalness, Inf. moronism, Inf. moronity, imbecility; craziness …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

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