Gullibility


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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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In fact the degree of gullibility in the Philippines is reflected by how many people believe in "Fake News" or Tsismis (gossip).
He stated: "By intellectual vices I mean intellectual character traits such as gullibility, closed-mindedness, prejudice and dogmatism.
Most of them are Muslims by birth or conversion, and their gullibility in all too many cases proceeds from their unstable state of mind.
At first I wasted my time responding to editorials and letters to the editor, but I quickly learned that the largely conservative readership lived in an alternate reality where facts were irrelevant, Republican propaganda was gospel, and gullibility supplants analytical thought.
But the expected satire of religious gullibility and charlatanism proves toothless, as the Hesses (Jared directed, they both co-wrote) seem reluctant to risk insulting the faithful.
Bissonnette has penned a mesmerizing tale about speculative collectibles, personal demons, love affairs, greed and gullibility.
He exploits the gullibility of his high profile followers and manoeuvres them in a way that they do not ever realise that they have been duped.
D H's gullibility is staggering and his hyperbole engaging but does he really believe that this mystery firm would have contributed "tens of thousands" to Kirklees budget and Kirklees let it slip away without trumpeting this to the heights in the press.
But the effort to exploit the gullibility of consumers continues unabated.
Rather, the worldview naivety and unthinking gullibility so rightly bemoaned by Professor Dawkins (GDN, June 5) is better countered by the promotion of critical thinking and the imaginative openness of mind that eschews closed dogmatic certainties.
The smouldering political row over the sale of Royal Mail dramatically erupted during a heated session of a Commons committee when the Labour chairman accused ministers and their aides of gullibility and of being conned into selling the organisation on the cheap.
HISTORY has shown us that there have always been a relatively small number of people who never really mature, whose gullibility can easily be exploited by those who instil "the bogeymen will get you" type fear in their child-like minds, resulting in them acting in a completely irrational manner.