gullibility gullibility  /ˌɡə lə ˈbɪ lɪ ti/

Definition(s):

  • (n) tendency to believe too readily and therefore to be easily deceived

Usage(s):

  1. More surprising than the gullibility of a hardened newsman is the lack of sympathy Bronstein received.
  2. Bums attended meetings and classes for the food he dispensed, ridiculed him for his gullibility.
  3. The operative back from Iraq says the room for exploiting our gullibility when it comes to chatter is wide.

News

  1. Commentary: Strategic gullibility

    Washington (UPI) Aug 2, 2013 "You'd be surprised what people will accept once you insist two or three times running that they have seen what you tell them they have seen" - So wrote Andrew Levkoff in "A Mixture of Madness." That was the gullibility syndrome that allowed us to accept a punitive expedition into Afghanistan to punish al-Qaida and its Taliban hosts after 9/11 without questioning how ...
    on August 4, 2013     Source: Space War

  2. Facebook Shares Close Above IPO Price

    It took about 440 days, but shares in the social network company today finally closed above $38 ($38.05 to be exact) — the price Facebook charged for its stock when it went public in May 2012. After gaining 23 cents on Day One, the IPO became a symbol of Silicon Valley hubris — and investor gullibility — as institutional buyers began to fear that Facebook wouldn’t be able to grow. It was unclear ...
    on August 3, 2013     Source: Deadline Hollywood

Quotes

  1. "The diffusion of ideas is propaganda, whether fascist, communist, or democratic," the great historian Jacques Barzun wrote many years ago. "The democratic hope has always been to raise the standard of gullibility, to sharpen judgment, to...
    on Oct 12, 2004 By: Jacques Barzun Source: CounterPunch

  2. "Sadly some so-called environmental activists have in the past put cuddly animals on their websites to solicit donations for what are essentially scams praying upon people's good nature and gullibility," Senator Abetz said.
    on Jun 16, 2009 By: Eric Abetz Source: ABC Online

  3. Beevor argues that "it should be the duty of not just every scientist and historian, but also of every writer, publisher, movie-maker, TV producer and ordinary citizen to fight all attempts to exploit the ignorance and gullibility of audiences".
    on Mar 2, 2009 By: Antony Beevor Source: Brisbane Times

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