cretin [ kreet-n , or, esp. British kret-n] Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com a person suffering from cretinism. a stupid, obtuse, or mentally defective person. Origin of cretin 1770–80;
French; Franco-Provençal creitin, crestin
human being, literally,
(hence one who is human despite deformities)
Related forms cre·ti·noid, adjective cre·tin·ous, adjective sem·i·cre·tin, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for cretinoid old-fashioned a person afflicted with cretinism offensive a person considered to be extremely stupid Derived Forms cretinoid, adjective cretinous, adjective Word Origin
C18: from French
crétin, from Swiss French crestin, from Latin Chrīstiānus Christian, alluding to the humanity of such people, despite their handicaps
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Word Origin and History for cretinoid cretin n.
1779, from French
crétin (18c.), from Alpine dialect crestin, "a dwarfed and deformed idiot" of a type formerly found in families in the Alpine lands, a condition caused by a congenital deficiency of thyroid hormones, from Vulgar Latin *christianus "a Christian," a generic term for "anyone," but often with a sense of "poor fellow." Related: Cretinism (1801).
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cretin (krēt ′n) A person afflicted with cretinism. Related forms cre ( ′tin•oid′ -oid′) adj. cre ( ′tin•ous -əs) adj.
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