imbecility

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

Definition of imbecility

plural

imbecilities

  1. 1a :  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 :  futilityb :  something that is foolish or nonsensical … his satire on the imbecilities and greed of politicians … — Nicholas Von Hoffman

  2. 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

Circa 1533

First Known Use of imbecility

circa 1533



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