Origin of cretin
Examples from the Web for cretin
The cretin was the one variety of the human species with which the commandant had not yet come in contact.The Country Doctor|Honore de Balzac
Cretin mated with cretin and consequently a large new supply was constantly produced.Being Well-Born|Michael F. Guyer
Only twelve kinds of a cretin would have gone on when faced with anything like this.Call Him Savage|John Pollard
Something of the goître and cretin influence seems to settle on my spirits sometimes, on the lower ground.The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete|John Forster
It is very commonly accompanied by idiocy; and, in fact, the Cretin is one of the most distressing objects that can be seen.
British Dictionary definitions for cretin
Word Origin for cretin
Word Origin and History for cretin
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).