idiotism

noun (1)
id·​i·​o·​tism | \ ˈi-dē-ə-ˌti-zəm How to pronounce idiotism (audio) \

Definition of idiotism

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 obsolete : idiom sense 2

idiotism

noun (2)
id·​i·​ot·​ism | \ ˈi-dē-ə-(ˌ)ti-zəm How to pronounce idiotism (audio) \

Definition of idiotism (Entry 2 of 2)

archaic

First Known Use of idiotism

Noun (1)

1588, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun (2)

1592, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for idiotism

Noun (1)

Middle French idiotisme, from Latin idiotismus common speech, from Greek idiōtismos, from idiōtēs

Noun (2)

idiot + -ism

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“Idiotism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/idiotism. Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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