Lacking good sense or judgement; unwise.
*:As a political system democracy seems to me extraordinarily foolish , but I would not go out of my way to protest against it. My servant is, so far as I am concerned, welcome to as many votes as he can get. I would very gladly make mine over to him if I could.
Resembling or characteristic of a fool.
*:It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish .
Having no sensation or consciousness; unconscious; inanimate.
* 1816 , , Diodati :
- Since thus divided — equal must it be
- If the deep barrier be of earth, or sea;
- It may be both — but one day end it must
* 1928 , , "Moriturus":
- In the dark union of insensate dust.
- If I might be
- Insensate matter
- With sensate me
- Sitting within,
- Harking and prying,
- I might begin
Senseless; foolish; irrational.
* 1818 , , Rob Roy , ch. 13:
- To dicker with dying.
* 1854 , , Hard Times , ch. 13:
- [T]he sot, the gambler, the bully, the jockey, the insensate fool, were a thousand times preferable to Rashleigh.
* 1913 , , Chance , ch. 6:
- Stupidly dozing, or communing with her incapable self about nothing, she sat for a little while with her hands at her ears. . . . Finally, she laid her insensate grasp upon the bottle that had swift and certain death in it, and, before his eyes, pulled out the cork with her teeth.
* 1918 , , The False Faces , ch. 12:
- [T]he romping girl teased her . . . and was always trying to pick insensate quarrels with her about some "fellow" or other.
Unfeeling, heartless, cruel, insensitive.
* 1847 , , The Tenant of Wildfell Hall ,ch. 36:
- But in his insensate passion for revenge upon one who had all but murdered him, he had forgotten all else but the moment's specious opportunity.
* 1904 , , A Man's Woman , ch. 6:
- I was cold-hearted, hard, insensate .
* 1917 , , The Adventures of Jimmie Dale , ch. 8:
- That insensate , bestial determination, iron-hearted, iron-strong, had beaten down opposition, had carried its point.
(medicine, physiology) Not responsive to sensory stimuli.
* 1958 June, Edward B. Schlesinger, "Trigeminal Neuralgia," American Journal of Nursing , vol. 58, no. 6, p. 854:
- . . . the most cold-blooded, callous murders and robberies, the work, on the face of it, of a well-organized band of thugs, brutal, insensate , little better than fiends.
* 2004 Aug. 1, Jeff G. van Baal, "Surgical Treatment of the Infected Diabetic Foot," Clinical Infectious Diseases , vol. 39, p. S126:
- If the ophthalmic branch is cut the patient must be told about the hazards of having an insensate cornea.
* 2005 Feb. 5, "Minerva," BMJ: British Medical Journal , vol. 330, no. 7486, p. 316:
- The presence of severe pain with a deep plantar foot infection in a diabetic patient is often the first alarming symptom, especially in a patient with a previously insensate foot.
- The innocuous trauma of high pressure jets and bubble massage to the insensate breast and back areas had caused the bruising seen in the picture.
* (having no sensation or consciousness) sentient
One who is insensate.
* 1873 , , A Pair of Blue Eyes , ch. 22:
- Here, at any rate, hostility did not assume that slow and sickening form. It was a cosmic agency, active, lashing, eager for conquest: determination; not an insensate standing in the way.
(rare) To render insensate; to deprive of sensation or consciousness.