idiocy


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id·i·o·cy

 (ĭd′ē-ə-sē)
n. pl. id·i·o·cies
1. Extreme folly or stupidity.
2. A foolish or stupid utterance or deed.

[From idiot.]

idiocy

(ˈɪdɪəsɪ)
n, pl -cies
1. (not in technical usage) severe mental retardation
2. foolishness or senselessness; stupidity
3. a foolish act or remark

id•i•o•cy

(ˈɪd i ə si)

n., pl. -cies.
1. utterly senseless or foolish behavior; a stupid or foolish act or statement.
2. the state of being an idiot.
[1520–30; idio (t) + -cy; compare Greek idiōteía uncouthness]

Idiocy

See also wisdom.

the state or quality of being like a cow or ox, especially in the sense of being dull, stolid, and slow-witted. — bovine, adj.
Medicine. a congenital deficiency of thyroid secretion causing deformity and idiocy. — cretinoid, cretinous, adj.
1. the condition of an idiot, especially an extreme degree of mental deficiency, usually a mental age of less than three or four years; idiocy.
2. idiotic conduct or action, especially in a normal person. — idiotie, adj.
the condition of being slow or mentally deficiënt. — moronic, adj.
Rare. foolish talk or babble.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.idiocy - extreme mental retardation
backwardness, mental retardation, subnormality, slowness, retardation - lack of normal development of intellectual capacities

idiocy

noun foolishness, insanity, lunacy, tomfoolery, inanity, imbecility, senselessness, cretinism, fatuity, abject stupidity, asininity, fatuousness the idiocy of subsidies for activities which damage the environment
sense, wisdom, sanity, acumen, soundness, sagacity

idiocy

noun
Translations
بلاهَه، عُتْه، حَماقَه
idiotství
idioti
hülyeség
heimska, bjánaskapur; fávitastig
idiotizmusidiotstvo
ahmaklıkgeri zekâlılık

idiocy

[ˈɪdɪəsɪ] Nidiotez f, imbecilidad f

idiocy

[ˈɪdiəsi] nidiotie f

idiocy

n
no plIdiotie f, → Schwachsinn m
(= stupid act, words)Dummheit f, → Blödheit f

idiocy

[ˈɪdɪəsɪ] nidiozia

idiot

(ˈidiət) noun
1. a foolish person. She was an idiot to give up such a good job.
2. a person with very low intelligence.
ˈidiocy noun
ˌidiˈotic (-ˈotik) adjective
ˌidiˈotically adverb

id·i·o·cy

n. idiotez, deficiencia mental.
References in classic literature ?
The most complete cases of aggravated idiocy were, to his mind, rampant upon the front platforms of all the street cars.
A thoroughly sensible wife would reduce me to a condition of absolute idiocy in less than six months.
I might have loved Mary if it hadn't been for that idiocy of mine.
For me the district institutions simply mean the liability to pay fourpence halfpenny for every three acres, to drive into the town, sleep with bugs, and listen to all sorts of idiocy and loathsomeness, and self-interest offers me no inducement.
After all I said to you just now, are you deliberately going to start the old idiocy all over again?
This amounts to idiocy, and once the damaging fact is established, thoughtful people will cease to look up to him, the sentimental will cease to fondle him.
I have perpetrated the--the piece of idiocy," I said as I came level with her.
Oh, believe me, at times there were flashes of will that scorched through her beauty and seduction and smote a victim into blank and shivering idiocy and fear.
His free hand went to my throat, and in that moment I knew the bitterest foretaste of death earned by one's own idiocy.
It has created enormous cities, has greatly increased the urban population as compared with the rural, and has thus rescued a considerable part of the population from the idiocy of rural life.
Richard at that instant thrusting a mug before him, his features changed to the grin of idiocy, and seizing the vessel with both hands, he sank backward on the bench and drank until satiated, when he made an effort to lay aside the mug with the helplessness of total inebriety.
I assure you it puzzled my head so that, between Therese my sister and Jose the boy, I lived in a state of idiocy almost.