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Also id·i·ot·i·cal.

Origin of idiotic

1705–15; < Late Latin idiōticus < Greek idiōtikós private, ignorant. See idiot, -ic
Related formsid·i·ot·i·cal·ly, adverbid·i·ot·i·cal·ness, noun

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  1. of or resembling an idiot; foolish; senseless
Derived Formsidiotically, adverbidioticalness, noun
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Word Origin and History for idiotic

1713, from Late Latin idioticus "uneducated, ignorant," in classical Latin, "of an ordinary person," from Greek idiotikos "unprofessional, unskilled; not done by rules of art, unprofessional," from idiotes (see idiot). Idiotical is from 1640s. Related: Idiotically.

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