imbecility


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im·be·cil·i·ty

 (ĭm′bə-sĭl′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. im·be·cil·i·ties
1. Great stupidity or foolishness.
2. Something, such as an act or suggestion, that is considered stupid or foolish.

im•be•cil•i•ty

(ˌɪm bəˈsɪl ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the state of being an imbecile.
2. stupidity; silliness.
3. an instance of this.
[1525–35; < Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.imbecility - retardation more severe than a moron but not as severe as an idiot
backwardness, mental retardation, subnormality, slowness, retardation - lack of normal development of intellectual capacities
2.imbecility - a stupid mistakeimbecility - a stupid mistake      
error, fault, mistake - a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention; "he made a bad mistake"; "she was quick to point out my errors"; "I could understand his English in spite of his grammatical faults"

imbecility

noun
Translations
بَلاهَه، حَماقَه
imbecilita
imbecilitettåbelighed
gyengeelméjûség
heimska
imbecilita
ahmaklıkbudalalık

imbecility

[ˌɪmbɪˈsɪlɪtɪ] Nimbecilidad f

imbecility

n
Beschränktheit f, → Idiotie f, → Schwachsinn m
(Med) → Schwachsinn m

imbecility

[ˌɪmbɪˈsɪlɪtɪ] nimbecillità

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
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The imbecility of her military leaders abroad, and the fatal want of energy in her councils at home, had lowered the character of Great Britain from the proud elevation on which it had been placed by the talents and enterprise of her former warriors and statesmen.
It was not painful to behold this look; for, though dim, it had not the imbecility of decaying age.
Such large virtue lurks in these small things when extreme political superstitions invest them, that in some royal instances even to idiot imbecility they have imparted potency.
To women who please me only by their faces, I am the very devil when I find out they have neither souls nor hearts--when they open to me a perspective of flatness, triviality, and perhaps imbecility, coarseness, and ill-temper: but to the clear eye and eloquent tongue, to the soul made of fire, and the character that bends but does not break--at once supple and stable, tractable and consistent- -I am ever tender and true.
Over our whole social system, complacent Imbecility rules supreme -- snuffs out the searching light of Intelligence with total impunity -- and hoots, owl-like, in answer to every form of protest, See how well we all do in the dark
And then he would rumple my hair the wrong way - which from my earliest remembrance, as already hinted, I have in my soul denied the right of any fellow-creature to do - and would hold me before him by the sleeve: a spectacle of imbecility only to be equalled by himself.
At last, the same gentleman who had been my interpreter, said, "he was desired by the rest to set me right in a few mistakes, which I had fallen into through the common imbecility of human nature, and upon that allowance was less answerable for them.
And it will be clearly shown in the course of this investigation that as far as the principle contended for has prevailed, it has been the cause of incurable disorder and imbecility in the government.
And yet this nature so distinguished, this creature so beautiful, this essence so fine, was seen to turn insensibly toward material like, as old men turn toward physical and moral imbecility.
My friend," said Aramis, with a look of imbecility on his face which D'Artagnan had never observed whilst he was in the musketeers, "if I did not come from Heaven, at least I was leaving Paradise, which is almost the same.
Their disciplined habits, both of mind and body, had endowed them with great physical perfection; and the eye of the veteran was apt to scan the fair proportions and athletic frames of the colonists with a look that seemed to utter volumes of contempt for their moral imbecility, He was also a little addicted to the expression of a belief that, where there was so great an observance of the externals of religion, there could not be much of the substance.
Never in my life had I known a more retiring man, for he was shy to the pitch of imbecility, yet well aware of the fact (for he was no fool).