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idiot savant

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noun idiot sa·vant \ˈē-ˌdyō-sä-ˈväⁿ, or same as idiot and savant for respective sing and plural forms\

Definition of idiot savant

plural idiots savants play \-ˌdyō-sä-ˈväⁿ(z)\ or idiot savants \-ˈväⁿ(z)\

  1. 1 :  a person affected with a mental disability (as autism or mental retardation) who exhibits exceptional skill or brilliance in some limited field (as mathematics or music) —called also savant

  2. 2 :  a person who is highly knowledgeable about one subject but knows little about anything else



Origin of idiot savant

French, literally, learned idiot


First Known Use: 1927


Medical Dictionary

idiot savant

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noun idiot sa·vant \ˈē-ˌdyō-sä-ˈväⁿ; ˈid-ē-ət-sə-ˈvänt, -ˈvant\

Medical Definition of idiot savant

plural idiots savants \-ˌdyō-sä-ˈväⁿ(z); -əts-sə-ˈvänt(s), -ˈvant(s)\play or idiot savants

  1. :  savant





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