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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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Related Words for idiotically

stupidly, wildly, ferociously, carelessly, crazily, fiercely, irrationally, violently, furiously, idiotically, obtusely, rashly, stubbornly

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Historical Examples of idiotically

  • Idiotically, he recalled being summoned before a traffic court, years back.

    Astounding Stories, March, 1931


British Dictionary definitions for idiotically


  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 idiotically



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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