cretin

[ kreet-n or, especially British, kret-n ]
/ ˈkrit n or, especially British, ˈkrɛt n /

noun

a person suffering from cretinism.
a stupid, obtuse, or mentally defective person.

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Origin of cretin

1770–80; <French; Franco-Provençal creitin, crestin human being, literally, Christian (hence one who is human despite deformities)

OTHER WORDS FROM cretin

cre·ti·noid, adjectivecre·tin·ous, adjectivesem·i·cre·tin, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for cretin

cretin
/ (ˈkrɛtɪn) /

noun

old-fashioned a person afflicted with cretinism
offensive a person considered to be extremely stupid

Derived forms of cretin

cretinoid, adjectivecretinous, adjective

Word Origin for cretin

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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Medical definitions for cretin

cretin
[ krētn ]

n.

A person afflicted with cretinism.

Other words from cretin

cretin•oid′ (-oid′) adj.cretin•ous (-əs) adj.
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