idiot savant

noun
idiot sa·​vant | \ ˈi-dē-ət-sə-ˈvänt How to pronounce idiot savant (audio) , -ˈvant How to pronounce idiot savant (audio) , ˈē-ˌdyō-sä-ˈväⁿ How to pronounce idiot savant (audio) \
plural idiots savants\ ˈi-​dē-​əts-​sə-​ˈvänt(s) How to pronounce idiots savants (audio) , -​ˈvant(s) How to pronounce idiots savants (audio) , ˈē-​ˌdyō-​sä-​ˈväⁿ(z) How to pronounce idiots savants (audio) \ or idiot savants\ ˈē-​ˌdyō-​sä-​ˈväⁿ(z) How to pronounce idiot savants (audio) \

Definition of idiot savant

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

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But, that overlooks that Trump may well be an idiot savant, as suggested by his record of getting some things right, even when offending everyone. Letters To The Editor, The Mercury News, "Letter: Denmark may face Greenland bidding war," 29 Aug. 2019 On the one hand, this understanding of AI as an idiot savant is perfectly sensible. James Vincent, The Verge, "Burger King’s ‘AI-written’ ads show we’re still very confused about artificial intelligence," 3 Oct. 2018 Similarly, Yang's character Jian Yang is portrayed as an idiot savant, a mostly silent character there for Erlich (T.J. Miller, who was fired from the show) to mock. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "Actually, HBO's Silicon Valley Doesn't Have To Be So White," 7 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of idiot savant

1870, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for idiot savant

French, literally, learned idiot

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idiot savant

noun
idiot sa·​vant | \ ˈē-ˌdyō-sä-ˈväⁿ; ˈid-ē-ət-sə-ˈvänt, -ˈvant How to pronounce idiot savant (audio) \
plural idiots savants\ -​ˌdyō-​sä-​ˈväⁿ(z); -​əts-​sə-​ˈvänt(s), -​ˈvant(s) How to pronounce idiots savants (audio) \ or idiot savants

Medical Definition of idiot savant

: savant

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