idiotism

1 of 2

noun (1)

id·​i·​o·​tism ˈi-dē-ə-ˌti-zəm How to pronounce idiotism (audio)
1
2
obsolete : idiom sense 2

idiotism

2 of 2

noun (2)

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

Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

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

Noun (2)

idiot + -ism

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1588, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Noun (2)

1592, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of idiotism was in 1588

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Cite this Entry

“Idiotism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/idiotism. Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

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