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 Anybody who questions Heupel’s offensive imagination and acumen is just plain idiotic. Mike Bianchi,, "UCF fans should just enjoy perhaps greatest offense in college football history | Commentary," 17 Oct. 2020 Like his greatest creation, Mr. Trump — who sought and then lost an idiotic television ratings war on Thursday night with Joe Biden — Mr. Burnett seems to be struggling to keep his grip on the cultural moment. Ben Smith, New York Times, "Donald Trump Is Losing His Touch. So Is the TV Producer Who Shaped His Image.," 18 Oct. 2020 Those idiotic tweets of Trump have already hurt him with many suburban voters. John Kass,, "Column: No malarkey, Joe Biden’s ‘El Cid’ strategy against President Trump," 25 Sep. 2020 And stop with the idiotic comparisons with the number of people who are injured or who die behind the wheel of a car and those who are afflicted by the coronavirus. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Gordon Monson: Let the Utes play. Let the Pac-12 play. Discretion has bettered valor.," 16 Sep. 2020 There can be no question that Rittenhouse and whatever adults were in charge of him made idiotic decisions. Robert Verbruggen, National Review, "Does Kyle Rittenhouse Have a Self-Defense Claim?," 28 Aug. 2020 Or maybe their voice was drowned out by all of our patriotic, idiotic, saber-rattling nonsense. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Snapshot of Canada: An Accidental Reading List," 29 May 2020 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

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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 4 Dec. 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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