idiotism

1
[id-ee-uh-tiz-uh m]

noun

idiotic conduct or action.

Nearby words

  1. idiot strings,
  2. idiot tape,
  3. idiot's delight,
  4. idiot-proof,
  5. idiotic,
  6. idiotize,
  7. idiotropic,
  8. idiotype,
  9. idiotypic,
  10. idioventricular

Origin of idiotism

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

idiotism

2
[id-ee-uh-tiz-uh m]

noun Obsolete.

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

an archaic word for idiocy
an obsolete word for idiom
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