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idiocy

[id-ee-uh-see] /ˈɪd i ə si/
noun, plural idiocies.
1.
utterly senseless or foolish behavior; a stupid or foolish act, statement, etc.:
All this talk of zombies coming to attack us is pure idiocy.
2.
Psychology. (no longer in technical use; considered offensive) the state of being an idiot.
Origin of idiocy
1520-1530
1520-30; idio(t) + -cy; compare Greek idiōteía uncouthness
Synonyms
1. foolishness, inanity, folly.
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  • When will you get rid of your idiocies, and conduct yourself like a decent woman?

    A Pair of Blue Eyes Thomas Hardy
  • Who has not groaned over the follies and idiocies that cling to us like the doggerel verses that hang about our memories?

    Bunyan James Anthony Froude
  • Each morning he gloomily recognized his idiocies of the evening before.

    Babbitt Sinclair Lewis
British Dictionary definitions for idiocies

idiocy

/ˈɪdɪəsɪ/
noun (pl) -cies
1.
(not in technical usage) severe mental retardation
2.
foolishness or senselessness; stupidity
3.
a foolish act or remark
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Word Origin and History for idiocies

idiocy

n.

1520s, from idiot on model of prophecy, etc. Early alternatives included idiotacy (1580s), idiotry (1590s).

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idiocies in Medicine

idiocy id·i·o·cy (ĭd'ē-ə-sē)
n.
The state or condition of being an idiot; profound mental retardation.

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