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cretin

[ kreet-n or, especially British, kret-n ]
/ ˈkrit n or, especially British, ˈkrɛt n /
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noun
(no longer in technical use) a person with cretinism.
Informal. a very stupid or contemptible person.
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Origin of cretin

First recorded in 1770–80; from French crétin, originally from French Alpine dialect creitin, crestin “deformed and mentally defective dwarf” (owing to iodine deficiency in Alpine regions); further origin uncertain; perhaps from Vulgar Latin Christiānus “a Christian, human being, unfortunate person,” from Latin Christiānus Christian

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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