\ əˈnȯi(y)ə \
plural -s

Definition of anoia

: mental deficiency especially : idiocy

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First Known Use of anoia

1847, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anoia

New Latin, from Greek anoia lack of understanding, from a- a- entry 2 + noos, nous sense, mind, understanding + -ia

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“Anoia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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