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

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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 laundry list of his idiotic rants would fill a book and probably will sometime. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, "Mike Lindell on Jimmy Kimmel was the breaking point. Why it's time to start a media diet," 29 Apr. 2021 If bypassing safeguards sounds too idiotic to be believed, bear in mind that in 2019, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ordered one company to cease and desist selling a device designed to do just that. Robert Zafft, Forbes, "Did Overhyped Marketing Kill Two Tesla Passengers? “Autopilot” That Isn’t," 21 Apr. 2021 Hopefully now the vocal minority of idiotic UF fans on social media will get off White’s back. Mike Bianchi,, "Gators coach Mike White wins, but not at all costs! | Commentary," 19 Mar. 2021 To undo her dad’s idiotic decisions, Raya has to bring the five pieces of the gem together. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Disney’s Droopy Dragon Tale Puts Inclusivity above Story," 10 Mar. 2021 Look, that one guy saying that one idiotic thing that negates my talent is fine. Amber Ruffin, Vulture, "‘There Are People Who Think, Black People Just Aren’t Good at This’," 14 Jan. 2021 Yes, there are some easy-to-sympathize-with action sequences where our hero(?), columnist Femke Boot (Katja Herbers, Westworld), ends up ripping a finger off some thoughtless idiotic dude. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "The 15 best films of a bizarre (and probably historic) year for film," 19 Dec. 2020 Ran an idiotic play at regulation’s end, getting Herbert sacked. Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Nick Canepa’s Chargers report card: at Raiders," 17 Dec. 2020 As Republican leaders step over one another to condemn the health advisories around travelling and gathering for U.S. Thanksgiving, Cruz jumped on the COVID-denial bandwagon to say share a very special and deeply idiotic image on Twitter. Asia Ewart,, "Ted Cruz Dared People To Come For His Turkey, Instead Twitter Came For Him," 23 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of idiotic

1659, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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8 May 2021

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“Idiotic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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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