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  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of an idiot.
  2. senselessly foolish or stupid: an idiotic remark.
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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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Historical Examples

  • Idiotic indiscretion; that is how he defined his guilt to himself.

    An Outcast of the Islands

    Joseph Conrad

  • Idiotic to expect it, when he knew Sir James had gone to Scotland for fishing.

    Far to Seek

    Maud Diver

  • Idiotic jests, usually laid upon the shoulders of "my little boy," or "my youngest girl."

British Dictionary definitions for idiotic


  1. of or resembling an idiot; foolish; senseless
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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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