idiotism

1
[id-ee-uh-tiz-uh m]

Origin of idiotism

1
First recorded in 1585–95; idiot + -ism

idiotism

2
[id-ee-uh-tiz-uh m]
noun Obsolete.
  1. an idiom.

Origin of idiotism

2
1580–90; < Latin idiōtismus < Greek idiōtismós a vulgar phrase, peculiar way of speaking
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British Dictionary definitions for idiotism

idiotism

noun
  1. an archaic word for idiocy
  2. an obsolete word for idiom
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