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Definition of "idiot" []

  • A foolish or stupid person. (noun)
  • A person of profound mental retardation having a mental age below three years and generally being unable to learn connected speech or guard against common dangers. The term belongs to a classification system no longer in use and is now considered offensive. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "idiot" in a sentence
  • "He combined the term for people with extremely low intelligence with the French word for an extremely learned individual and derived the term idiot savant."
  • "The term "idiocracy" means a nation run by idiots - and the term idiot is defined as "an utterly foolish or senseless person" and/or a "person of the lowest order in a former classification of mental retardation, having a mental age of less than three years old.""
  • "Donna_Prianti_Lupia: the word idiot is the only thing that comes to"