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idiot

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noun id·i·ot \ˈi-dē-ət\

Simple Definition of idiot

  • : a very stupid or foolish person

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of idiot

  1. 1 usually offensive :  a person affected with extreme mental retardation

  2. 2 :  a foolish or stupid person

idiot adjective

Examples of idiot in a sentence

  1. Don't be such an idiot!

  2. <only an idiot would invest in a company just because a casual acquaintance recommended it>



Origin of idiot

Middle English, from Anglo-French ydiote, from Latin idiota ignorant person, from Greek idiōtēs one in a private station, layman, ignorant person, from idios one's own, private; akin to Latin suus one's own — more at suicide


First Known Use: 14th century


IDIOT Defined for Kids

idiot

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noun id·i·ot \ˈi-dē-ət\

Definition of idiot for Students

  1. :  a silly or foolish person




Medical Dictionary

idiot

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noun id·i·ot \ˈid-ē-ət\

Medical Definition of idiot

  1. dated now offensive :  a person affected with extreme mental retardation

idiot adjective, dated now offensive



Law Dictionary

idiot

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noun id·i·ot \ˈi-dē-ət\

Legal Definition of idiot

  1. :  a person with esp. a profound intellectual disability



Additional Notes on idiot

While the terms idiot, imbecile, and moron survive in many state codes and statutes, they are generally no longer used in both medical and legal contexts. The modern terminology distinguishes between mild, moderate, severe, and profound levels of disability. Historically persons with intellectual disabilities have been deprived of certain rights (as in not being allowed to vote). Generally today, an adult with an intellectual disability who is his or her own guardian is not deprived of these rights.



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