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id·i·ot

 (ĭd′ē-ət)
n.
1. A person who is considered foolish or stupid.
2. A person with profound intellectual disability having a mental age below three years and generally 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.

[Middle English, ignorant person, from Old French idiote, from Latin idiōta, from Greek idiōtēs, private person, layman, from idios, own, private; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots.]
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idiot

(ˈɪdɪət)
n
1. (Psychiatry) a person with severe mental retardation
2. a foolish or senseless person
[C13: from Latin idiōta ignorant person, from Greek idiōtēs private person, one who lacks professional knowledge, ignoramus; see idio-]
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id•i•ot

(ˈɪd i ət)

n.
1. an utterly stupid or foolish person.
2. a person of the lowest order in a former classification of mental retardation, having a mental age of less than three years and an intelligence quotient under 25.
[1250–1300; Middle English < Latin idiōta < Greek idiṓtēs private person, layman, person lacking skill =idiō- (variant of idio- idio-) + -tēs agent n. suffix]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.idiot - a person of subnormal intelligenceidiot - 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
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idiot

noun
1. fool, jerk (slang, chiefly U.S. & Canad.), ass, plank (Brit. slang), charlie (Brit. informal), berk (Brit. slang), prick (derogatory slang), wally (slang), prat (slang), plonker (slang), moron, geek (slang), twit (informal, chiefly Brit.), chump, imbecile, cretin, oaf, simpleton, airhead (slang), dimwit (informal), dipstick (Brit. slang), dickhead (slang), gonzo (slang), schmuck (U.S. slang), dork (slang), nitwit (informal), blockhead, divvy (Brit. slang), pillock (Brit. slang), halfwit, nincompoop, dweeb (U.S. slang), putz (U.S. slang), eejit (Scot. & Irish), thicko (Brit. slang), dumb-ass (slang), gobshite (Irish taboo slang), dunderhead, numpty (Scot. informal), doofus (slang, chiefly U.S.), lamebrain (informal), fuckwit (taboo slang), mooncalf, nerd or nurd (slang), numbskull or numskull, galah (Austral. & N.Z. informal) I knew I'd been an idiot to stay there.
2. simpleton, cretin, halfwit the village idiot
adjective
1. stupid, simple, slow, thick, dull, naive, dim, dense, dumb (informal), deficient, crass, gullible, simple-minded, dozy (Brit. informal), witless, stolid, dopey (informal), moronic, obtuse, brainless, cretinous, unintelligent, half-witted, slow on the uptake (informal), braindead (informal), dumb-ass (slang), doltish, slow-witted, woodenheaded (informal) a bunch of idiot journalists
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idiot

noun
One deficient in judgment and good sense:
Informal: dope, gander, goose.
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Translations
أَبْلَهٌأبْلَه، مَعْتوهأحْمَق
абдал
idiotblbec
idiottåbe
idioot
idiootti
idiot
idióta
fífl, heimskingiörviti
ばか
바보
idiota
idiotasidiotiškaiidiotiškasidiotizmassilpnaprotystė
idiotsmuļķis
idiot
idiot
абдал
idiot
mjinga
คนโง่
salakahmakgeri zekâlı kimse
thằng ngốc

idiot

[ˈɪdɪət]
A. N (= fool) → tonto/a m/f; (= imbecile) → idiota mf, imbécil mf
you (stupid) idiot!¡imbécil!
her idiot sonel idiota or imbécil de su hijo
B. CPD idiot board N (TV) → chuleta f, autocue m
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idiot

[ˈɪdiət] nidiot(e) m/f
you idiot! → espèce d'idiot !
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idiot

nIdiot m, → Dummkopf m, → Schwachkopf m; (old Med) → Idiot(in) m(f), → Schwachsinnige(r) mf; what an idiot!so ein Idiot or Dummkopf!; you (stupid) idiot!du Idiot!; where’s that idiot waiter?wo ist dieser blöde Ober?, wo ist dieser Idiot von Ober?; this idiot brother of minedieser Schwachkopf or Dummkopf or Idiot von meinem Bruder; what an idiot I am/was!ich Idiot!; to feel like an idiotsich dumm vorkommen; to look like an idiotdumm aussehen

idiot

:
idiot board
n (inf)Teleprompter m
idiot box
n (inf)Glotze f (inf)
idiot card
n (TV) → Neger m (spec)
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idiot

[ˈɪdɪət] ndeficiente m/f, stupido/a
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

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
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idiot

أَبْلَهٌ idiot idiot Idiot ηλίθιος idiota idiootti idiot idiot idiota ばか 바보 idioot idiot idiota idiota идиот idiot คนโง่ salak thằng ngốc 白痴
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idiot

a. idiota, imbécil.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012
References in classic literature ?
David, not having studied the psychology of idiots, was not aware that they are not to be wrought upon by imaginative fears.
"The law expressly forbids the attendance at such meetings of women, children, and idiots."
A FOOLISH Fellow who had been told that he was a great man believed it, and got himself appointed a Commissioner to the Interasylum Exposition of Preserved Idiots. At the first meeting of the Board he was mistaken for one of the exhibits, and the janitor was ordered to remove him to his appropriate glass case.
"The Idiots" is such an obviously derivative piece of work that it is impossible for me to say anything about it here.
"Why do these idiots always assume that the only person who hates the wife's lover is the wife's husband?
It was a quarter well stocked with deformed, leering, unkempt and uncombed idiots, who held out hands or caps and begged piteously.
His delight was hers; and where many a wise son would have made her sorrowful, this poor light-hearted idiot filled her breast with thankfulness and love.
Laughing and chattering like the idiot I was fast becoming I fell upon his prostrate form my fingers feeling for his dead throat.
The boy's such an utter idiot, he'd never learn to answer to it."
"You are a detestable hypocrite and an idiot!" shouted the Party Manager.
"But how was it?" he asked, "how was it that you (idiot that you are)," he added to himself, "were so very confidential a couple of hours after your first meeting with these people?
I wonder if you were idiot enough to do that, Aynesworth?"