id·​i·​ot·​ic | \ ˌi-dē-ˈä-tik How to pronounce idiotic (audio) \
variants: or less commonly idiotical \ ˌi-​dē-​ˈä-​ti-​kəl How to pronounce idiotical (audio) \

Definition of idiotic

1 : showing complete lack of thought or common sense : foolish an idiotic question found his excuses idiotic idiotic behavior
2 dated, now offensive : characterized by extreme intellectual disability

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Other Words from idiotic

idiotically \ ˌi-​dē-​ˈä-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce idiotically (audio) \ adverb
smiled idiotically

Examples of idiotic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web James Darke, a retired English teacher, spent months at home wallowing in gloomy thoughts, replaying wistful memories and berating the cruel and idiotic ways of the world and his fellow man. The Economist, "Not going gently When love means saying goodbye," 11 July 2020 That’s drawn another rebuke from the budget carrier Ryanair, which called the plan ‘more idiotic rubbish’. Katherine Dunn, Fortune, "A Food Crisis of ‘Biblical Proportions’," 29 June 2020 On a day when the White House was trying to reset, the chyrons and headlines were, once again, about the president doing something idiotic. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "There Is No Hiding Trump," 29 Apr. 2020 For years, there was an idiotic, unspoken rule where there could only be one or two A-list female rappers at a time. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Trippie Redd was 80 minutes late to his Milwaukee show. For fans, he was worth the wait.," 8 Feb. 2020 Such fiscal laxness in the face of monetary tightening was idiotic and complicated things enormously. Edward Lotterman, Twin Cities, "Real World Economics: Paul Volcker — the right man for his times," 15 Dec. 2019 What’s particularly idiotic and dishonest here is that none of this was necessary, and none of it has anything to do with monetary policy in Argentina or Brazil. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "We Are Not Winning the Trade War," 4 Dec. 2019 The latest idiotic move came Wednesday when the spineless ghouls suspended Memphis star basketball player James Wiseman for 12 games and, here’s the kicker, ordered him to donate $11,500 to charity. Andy Nesbitt, For The Win, "Why would any great players like James Wiseman even want to play college hoops?," 21 Nov. 2019 Imagine crossing paths with your favorite celebrity, opening your mouth to ask them a question, and...saying something entirely idiotic instead. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "People Share Embarrassing Things They Said to Celebrities in Viral Twitter Thread," 11 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of idiotic

1659, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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18 Jul 2020

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“Idiotic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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id·​i·​ot·​ic | \ ˌi-dē-ˈä-tik How to pronounce idiotic (audio) \

Kids Definition of idiotic

: foolish an idiotic story

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