imbecile


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im·be·cile

 (ĭm′bə-sĭl, -səl)
n.
1. A person who is considered foolish or stupid.
2. A person of moderate to severe mental retardation having a mental age of from three to seven years and generally being capable of some degree of communication and performance of simple tasks under supervision. The term belongs to a classification system no longer in use and is now considered offensive.

[From obsolete French imbécille, weak, feeble, from Old French, from Latin imbēcillus : in-, not; see in-1 + possibly bacillum, staff, diminutive of baculum, rod; see bak- in Indo-European roots.]

im′be·cil′ic (-sĭl′ĭk) adv.

imbecile

n
1. (Psychology) psychol a person of very low intelligence (IQ of 25 to 50), usually capable only of guarding himself or herself against danger and of performing simple mechanical tasks under supervision
2. informal an extremely stupid person; dolt
adj
3. of or like an imbecile; mentally deficient; feeble-minded
4. stupid or senseless: an imbecile thing to do.
[C16: from Latin imbēcillus feeble (physically or mentally)]
ˈimbeˌcilely, ˌimbeˈcilically adv
ˌimbeˈcility n

im•be•cile

(ˈɪm bə sɪl, -səl; esp. Brit. -ˌsil)

n.
1. a stupid person; dolt.
2. a person of the second order in a former classification of mental retardation, above the level of idiocy, having a mental age of seven or eight years and an intelligence quotient of 25 to 50.
adj.
3. imbecilic.
[1540–50; earlier imbecill < Latin imbēcillus weak]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.imbecile - a person of subnormal intelligenceimbecile - a person of subnormal intelligence  
mongoloid - a person suffering from Down syndrome (no longer used technically in this sense)
simpleton, simple - a person lacking intelligence or common sense
Adj.1.imbecile - having a mental age of three to seven years
retarded - relatively slow in mental or emotional or physical development; "providing a secure and sometimes happy life for the retarded"

imbecile

noun
1. idiot, fool, jerk (slang, chiefly U.S. & Canad.), tosser (Brit. slang), plank (Brit. slang), berk (Brit. slang), prick (derogatory slang), wally (slang), charlie (Brit. informal), prat (slang), plonker (slang), coot, moron, geek (slang), twit (informal, chiefly Brit.), chump, cretin, bungler, dipstick (Brit. slang), dickhead (slang), gonzo (slang), schmuck (U.S. slang), dork (slang), dolt, divvy (Brit. slang), pillock (Brit. slang), halfwit, dweeb (U.S. slang), putz (U.S. slang), eejit (Scot. & Irish), thicko (Brit. slang), dumb-ass (slang), gobshite (Irish taboo slang), numpty (Scot. informal), doofus (slang, chiefly U.S.), dotard, fuckwit (taboo slang), thickhead, dickwit (slang), nerd or nurd (slang), numbskull or numskull I don't want to deal with these imbeciles any more.

imbecile

noun
One deficient in judgment and good sense:
Informal: dope, gander, goose.
Translations
أبْلَهمَعْتوه
blbecimbecil
imbeciltåbe
fávitifáviti, heimskingi
silpnaprotis
idiotsmuļķisplānprātis
imbecil
ahmak kimsebudalageri zekâlı

imbecile

[ˈɪmbəsiːl]
A. Nimbécil mf
you imbecile!¡imbécil!
B. ADJimbécil

imbecile

[ˈɪmbɪsiːl] nimbécile mf
I don't want to deal with these imbeciles any longer → Je ne veux plus avoir affaire avec ces imbéciles.

imbecile

n
Dummkopf m, → Idiot m, → Schwachkopf m; to behave like an imbecilesich völlig blödsinnig or wie ein Idiot benehmen
(Med) → Schwachsinnige(r) mf
adj
personbeschränkt, schwachsinnig, geistig minderbemittelt (inf); laughschwachsinnig, dumm, blöd(e); ideadumm, töricht
(Med) → schwachsinnig, geistesschwach, imbezil (spec)

imbecile

[ˈɪmbəsiːl] nebete m/f, imbecille m/f

imbecile

(ˈimbəsiːl) , ((American) -sl) noun
1. a stupid person; a fool.
2. a person of very low intelligence who cannot look after himself.
ˌimbeˈcility (-ˈsi-) noun

im·be·cile

a. imbécil, tonto, de mentalidad retardada.
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While Amy dressed, she issued her orders, and Jo obeyed them, not without entering her protest, however, for she sighed as she rustled into her new organdie, frowned darkly at herself as she tied her bonnet strings in an irreproachable bow, wrestled viciously with pins as she put on her collar, wrinkled up her features generally as she shook out the handkerchief, whose embroidery was as irritating to her nose as the present mission was to her feelings, and when she had squeezed her hands into tight gloves with three buttons and a tassel, as the last touch of elegance, she turned to Amy with an imbecile expression of countenance, saying meekly.
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There, then, he sat, holding up that imbecile candle in the heart of that almighty forlornness.
I've a very good mind to shake you severely, for your contemptible treachery, and your imbecile conceit.
The performances of the other gentlemen were obtrusively imbecile.
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This alternative of millions to be earned and present ruin staring him in the face, deprived the purveyor of most of his faculties: he became nearly imbecile for several days; the man had so abused his health by excesses that when the thunderbolt fell upon him he had no strength to resist.
You think yourself the perfection of existence, while you are in reality the most imperfect and imbecile.
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Bonacieux, when her husband had shut the street door and she found herself alone; "that imbecile lacked but one thing to become a cardinalist.
He broke out into a most unexpected, imbecile, pathetic, nervous little giggle.