imbecile


im·be·cile

noun \ˈim-bə-səl, -ˌsil\

: a very stupid person : an idiot or fool

Full Definition of IMBECILE

1
usually offensive :  a person affected with moderate mental retardation
2
:  fool, idiot
imbecile or im·be·cil·ic \ˌim-bə-ˈsi-lik\ adjective

Examples of IMBECILE

  1. He drank too much and started acting like a complete imbecile.
  2. <only an imbecile would leave their car unlocked, with the keys in the ignition, and then be surprised when the vehicle was stolen>

Origin of IMBECILE

French imbécile, noun, from adjective, weak, weak-minded, from Latin imbecillus
First Known Use: 1802

im·be·cile

noun \ˈim-bə-səl, -ˌsil\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of IMBECILE

usually offensive : a person affected with moderate mental retardation
imbecile or im·be·cil·ic \ˌim-bə-ˈsil-ik\ adjective, usually offensive
im·be·cil·i·ty \ˌim-bə-ˈsil-ət-ē\ noun, plural im·be·cil·i·ties usually offensive

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