[ kreet-n or, especially British, kret-n ]
/ ˈkrit n or, especially British, ˈkrɛt n /
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 cretincre·ti·noid, adjectivecre·tin·ous, adjectivesem·i·cre·tin, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for cretin
One editor at National Review—a friend of 30 years—emailed me that he thought my opinions “cretinous.”
Of these cretinous calumnies, there were hundreds afloat for years on end.Charles Bradlaugh: a Record of His Life and Work, Volume II (of 2)|Hypatia Bradlaugh Bonner and J. M. (John Mackinnon) Robertson
British Dictionary definitions for cretin
/ (ˈkrɛtɪn) /
old-fashioned a person afflicted with cretinism
offensive a person considered to be extremely stupid
Derived forms of cretincretinoid, 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
[ krēt′n ]
A person afflicted with cretinism.
Other words from cretincre′tin•oid′ (-oid′) adj.cre′tin•ous (-əs) adj.
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