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 idiotic (audio) \

Definition of idiotic

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

Other Words from idiotic

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

Usage of Idiotic

The terms idiot, imbecile, moron, and their derivatives, such as idiotic, 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 idiotic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The platinum coin is an elegant way out this idiotic legal trap. Ryan Cooper, The Week, 6 Oct. 2021 This recklessness, at once innocent, weird, and idiotic, bespeaks a crisis as well as a national challenge: How have these people been so thoroughly marginalized from traditional society, and how can they be brought back? John R. Macarthur, Harper’s Magazine , 7 Dec. 2021 And now Strand is a caricature of an actual villain, twirling his mustache and strutting about like some idiotic peacock, hiring killers to take out innocent people including children, just to prove a point. Erik Kain, Forbes, 14 Nov. 2021 To them, kicking tires might seem like the most idiotic idea on earth. Dale Buss, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 Kuhlenschmidt’s brilliantly idiotic character videos mimic the aesthetics of over-earnest TikTok trends, with a particular eye for all the ways the app’s young users try to present themselves as both very hot and very deep. Jesse David Fox, Vulture, 1 Nov. 2021 Think of the essential workers during the pandemic battling both a highly contagious virus and idiotic customers. Dan Pontefract, Forbes, 26 Oct. 2021 Then came idiotic vaccine resistance and a highly transmissible variant, leading to ongoing travel restrictions, skyrocketing deaths, and resurgent consumer anxiety. Lee Seymour, Forbes, 22 Sep. 2021 Bellinger’s shoulder was dislocated in the playoffs last year by an idiotic celebratory forearm bash with former teammate Kiké Hernandez. Dylan Hernández Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 6 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of idiotic

1659, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Idiotic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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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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