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Gullibility

See also Dupery.
Big Claus
foolishly falls for Little Claus’s falsified get-rich-quick schemes. [Dan. Lit.: Andersen’s Fairy Tales]
Emperor
orders a new outfit from weavers who claim it will be invisible to anyone unworthy of his position. [Dan. Lit.: Andersen “The Emperor’s New Clothes” in Andersen’s Fairy Tales]
Georgette
Mary Richards’ coworker and Ted Baxter’s wife; epitomizes gullibility. [TV: “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” in Terrace, II, 70]
Oswald
believes Edmund’s false charges against Edgar. [Br. Lit.: King Lear]
Othello
“thinks men honest that but seem to be so.” [Br. Lit.: Othello]
Peachum, Polly
among others, believes she is Macheath’s wife. [Br. Opera: The Beggar’s Opera]
Quixote, Don
completely taken in by all the tales and plans of his squire and others who humor his delusions. [Span. Lit.: Cervantes Don Quixote]
Simple Simon
credulous booby. [Nurs. Rhyme: Opie, 387]
Tenderfoot
told that cowpunching is a cinch, is badly hurt when he tries it and is tossed. [Am. Balladry: “The Tenderfoot”]
Urfe, Nicholas
trusts in the specious sincerity of the actors in Conchis’s psychological experiments on him. [Br. Lit.: John Fowles The Magus in Weiss, 279]
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The ecologically-concerned members of the public don't have child-like minds and aren't gullible enough to believe what he and like-minded politicians would like them to.
This is why whenever they click their fingers and say they are against fracking, GM, new power stations, new roads, in fact anything that will improve our lives, the gullible answer their call and demonstrate without really knowing why
Gullible is a word our ruling political classes know well.
June 11, 2010 Findlay warned off for six months after he is found guilty of laying Gullible Gordon to lose by a BHA disciplinary panel.
John Butterfield, prosecuting, said the scam involved a "black money fraud" whereby gullible or greedy victims were persuaded to part with real money in return for worthless pieces of paper.
I mentioned the word gullible just now and it's not something anyone likes to be accused of being.
The dark night: Cynical big-city politicos pick gullible rube (Jimmy Stewart) to succeed deceased senator, believing he can be easily manipulated to go along with a crooked, pork-barrel scheme.
But, truth be told, the end result leaves much to be desired and seems unlikely to attract even the most gullible bidder.
Encountering a multitude of treacherous enemies, including a quite frightful giant, Pirate Pete's Giant Adventure carries young readers through an engaging picturebook story of wit and intrigue as Pete's expert cunning and creative approach to piracy brings to his prize despite a rather gullible giant.
His latest book, Liberalism Kills Kids, is typical of the genre: a slapdash compendium of wild tales and outrageous allegations that would persuade only the gullible.
Kids may learn to be a little less gullible when they read of the journalists, kings, famous Americans like Franklin and Lincoln, generals and snake oil salesmen who have deliberately tricked people into believing falsehoods for sometimes good, sometimes evil, and often financial ends.