id·​i·​ot·​ic | \ˌi-dē-ˈä-tik \
variants: or less commonly idiotical \ ˌi-​dē-​ˈä-​ti-​kəl \

Definition of idiotic 

1 : characterized by idiocy

2 : showing complete lack of thought or common sense : foolish

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Other Words from idiotic

idiotically \ ˌi-​dē-​ˈä-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

Examples of idiotic in a Sentence

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Baseball mascots are idiotic by nature, but the Phanatic used a pneumatic hot dog gun to shoot hot dogs into the crowd. John Kass,, "Is it time for Time to get the Golden Moutza? Or will it be about Waters or water?," 29 June 2018 This project for the inculcation of proper human feelings through behavioral technique is either sinister or idiotic. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "A good offense may be best defense for House GOP," 25 June 2018 June 12, 2018 At the time of publication, the account has already amassed around 92,000 followers (and rising quickly)—further proof that this is the exact brand of idiotic and surreal humor to soothe America’s chapped soul. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "'Wheel Of Fortune Answers' Is the Best Thing on Twitter Right Now," 12 June 2018 The newspaper would be thrown way in the next day’s trash and the only proof of the offending idiotic column would be in the memory banks of few readers. Mike Bianchi,, "Dumbest column I've ever written: Dwight Howard would be greater than LeBron James," 8 June 2018 Basic safety laws make so much sense, yet we're tied up in this idiotic political battle, ideological battle. Jonathan Feigen, Houston Chronicle, "Warriors' Steve Kerr calls for change in wake of Santa Fe school shooting," 24 May 2018 None of this excuses Trump’s idiotic and obscene statements. Ben Shapiro, National Review, "What’s the Point of Labeling Trump a Racist?," 17 Jan. 2018 So is stupidity: Sub-idiotic behavior gets rewarded with instant YouTube fame. CBS News, "Carl Hiaasen's pep talk for grads: Assume the worst," 17 June 2018 But to say this is an issue that doesn’t affect me is absolutely idiotic. Rene Rodriguez, miamiherald, "Miami's condo king breaks silence on sea level rise comment: 'Maybe I had too many drinks'," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of idiotic

1659, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of idiotic was in 1659

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id·​i·​ot·​ic | \ˌi-dē-ˈä-tik \

Kids Definition of idiotic

: foolish an idiotic story

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