imbecility

noun im·be·cil·i·ty \ ˌim-bə-ˈsi-lə-tē \

Definition of imbecility

plural imbecilities
1 a : the quality or state of being very stupid or foolish : utter foolishness
  • … it seemed a very odd business, filled with illusions and delusions, at times noble to the point of imbecility and at other times base to the point of amorality.
  • —Colleen McCullough
; also : futility
b : something that is foolish or nonsensical
  • … his satire on the imbecilities and greed of politicians …
  • —Nicholas Von Hoffman
2 dated, now offensive : the condition of being affected with moderate mental retardation

Examples of imbecility in a Sentence

  1. was arrested for the sheer imbecility of speeding down a dark road with no headlights on

  2. we were stunned by the imbecility of the ideas presented by this once-respected biologist



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