Definition of Idiot

1. Noun. A person of subnormal intelligence.

Exact synonyms: Changeling, Cretin, Half-wit, Imbecile, Moron, Retard
Specialized synonyms: Mongoloid
Generic synonyms: Simple, Simpleton
Derivative terms: Cretinous, Idiotic, Imbecilic, Moronic, Retard

Definition of Idiot

1. n. A man in private station, as distinguished from one holding a public office.

Definition of Idiot

1. Noun. (pejorative) A common term for a person of low general intelligence. ¹

2. Noun. (obsolete) A medical or psychological term meaning a person who lacks the capacity to develop beyond the mental age of a normal four-year-old. ¹

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Definition of Idiot

1. a mentally deficient person [n -S] : IDIOTIC [adj]

Lexicographical Neighbors of Idiot

idiosyncratic reaction
idiosyncratic sensitivity
idiot (current term)
idiot board
idiot boards
idiot box
idiot boxes
idiot card
idiot light
idiot lights
idiot mittens
idiot savant

Literary usage of Idiot

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Commentaries on the Laws of England by William Blackstone, William Carey Jones (1915)
"An idiot, or natural fool, is one that hath had no understanding from his nativity; and therefore is by law presumed never likely to attain any. ..."

2. The History of English Law Before the Time of Edward I by Frederick Pollock, Frederic William Maitland (1899)
"464] Among the insane our law draws a marked distinction; it The idiot, separates the lunatic from the idiot or born ..."

3. A Treatise on the Law of Executors and Administrators by Edward Vaughan Williams, Roland Lomax Vaughan Williams, Joseph Fitz Randolph, William Talcott (1895)
"An idiot, that is, a fool or madman from his nativity who never has any lucid intervals(i), is incapable of making a will. Such a one is described to be a ..."

4. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1910)
"When, in a given case, it appears that the defendant is insane or a lunatic or an idiot, and the burden has been shifted, it devolves upon the state to ..."

5. The Wit and Humor of America by Marshall Pinckney Wilder (1911)
"suggested the idiot. "They tell me it's as easy as rolling off a log. ... "Nonsense," said the idiot. "I'd undertake the job cheerfully if some manager ..."

6. Mark Twain's Library of Humor by Mark Twain (1906)
"THE idiot TRIUMPHANT BY JOHN KENDRICK BANGS THERE was a conspiracy in hand to ... The time had not yet arrived which showed the idiot at a disadvantage; ..."

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