idiocy

noun
id·​i·​o·​cy | \ ˈi-dē-ə-sē How to pronounce idiocy (audio) \
plural idiocies

Definition of idiocy

1 : extreme foolishness or stupidity the idiocy of the idea I suppose every mother is reduced to idiocy when describing her firstborn, but, oh, he is a beauty …— Katherine Paterson
2 : something that is extremely stupid or foolish : an idiotic action or statement … a number of new bureaucratic idiocies have been instituted.— Anthony Burgess
3 dated, now offensive, see usage paragraph below : extreme intellectual disability

Usage of Idiocy

The terms idiot, imbecile, moron, and their derivatives, such as idiocy, were formerly used as technical descriptors in medical, educational, and regulatory contexts. These uses were broadly rejected by the close of the 20th century and are now considered offensive.

Examples of idiocy in a Sentence

an act of sheer idiocy He was complaining again about the idiocies of the people he works for.

First Known Use of idiocy

1523, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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“Idiocy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/idiocy. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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idiocy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of idiocy

: extreme stupidity
: something that is extremely stupid or foolish : an idiotic action or statement

idiocy

noun
id·​i·​o·​cy | \ ˈi-dē-ə-sē How to pronounce idiocy (audio) \
plural idiocies

Kids Definition of idiocy

1 : the condition of being very stupid or foolish
2 : something very stupid or foolish

idiocy

noun
id·​i·​o·​cy | \ ˈid-ē-ə-sē How to pronounce idiocy (audio) \
plural idiocies

Medical Definition of idiocy

dated, now offensive, see usage paragraph below
: extreme intellectual disability

Usage of Idiocy

The terms idiot, imbecile, moron, and their derivatives, such as idiocy, were formerly used as technical descriptors in medical, educational, and regulatory contexts. These uses were broadly rejected by the close of the 20th century and are now considered offensive.

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