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 : characterized by idiocy
2 : showing complete lack of thought or common sense : foolish

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

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The Simpsons, The Onion, The Daily Show, even The Lego Movie all exist in some part because their creators learned from some perfectly idiotic teachers. Peter Rubin, WIRED, "By Dying, MAD Gets Its Best Shot at a Second Life," 11 July 2019 There has been an effort to propagandize the public with the idiotic mantra of no obstruction no collusion. Alana Abramson, Time, "Robert Mueller Will Testify Publicly About His Investigation," 25 June 2019 Any violation of the law of hospitality against one guest is a violation against all guests, in all restaurants, something the alleged spitter and her idiotic go-fund-me friends don’t understand. John Kass, Twin Cities, "John Kass: That waitress who spit on Eric Trump? She’s lucky I’m not king.," 30 June 2019 It’s made by this idiotic show runner who keeps calling his show a novel instead of a TV show. Jonny Auping, Longreads, "‘TV Has This Really Fraught Relationship with the Audience.’," 25 June 2019 Even considering the razing of Columbine High School is an idiotic act of cowardice. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Columbine High School’s future; A vote to diminish your vote; Artistic interpretation (6/12/19)," 12 June 2019 Half of today's analysis will look idiotic in three months. Andrew Sharp,, "Rockets Skepticism, Lakers Coaching, and the Worst Takes of the NBA Season," 14 Mar. 2018 Most reasonable people would object if Keziah Daum had done something idiotic in costume. John Kass,, "A young woman wore a pretty Chinese dress for prom. She didn't think she needed permission.," 4 May 2018 Recognizing how idiotic his comments were (not to mention the overwhelming irony), Whoopi started cracking up. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Stars Whoopi Goldberg and Meghan McCain Lost It on Wednesday's Show," 10 Jan. 2019

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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 How to pronounce idiotic (audio) \

Kids Definition of idiotic

: foolish an idiotic story

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