imbecilic

adjective
im·​be·​cil·​ic | \ ˌim-bə-ˈsi-lik How to pronounce imbecilic (audio) \

Definition of imbecilic

1 : very stupid or foolish imbecilic comments The imbecilic characters, whose vocabulary does not stray much beyond "this is cool" or "it sucks" …— Jonathan Freedland
2 dated, now offensive, see usage paragraph below : affected with moderate intellectual disability

Usage of Imbecilic

The terms idiot, imbecile, moron, and their derivatives, such as imbecilic, 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.

First Known Use of imbecilic

1872, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Imbecilic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/imbecilic. Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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