Informal. an utterly foolish or senseless person: If you think you can wear that outfit to a job interview and get hired, you're an idiot!
Psychology. (no longer in technical use; considered offensive) a person of the lowest order in a former and discarded classification of intellectual disability, having a mental age of less than three years old and an intelligence quotient under 25.
- id·i·ot·ic [id-ee-ot-ik], /ˌɪd iˈɒt ɪk/, adjective
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How to use idiot in a sentence
She Said: The latest addition to the “Men are Idiots” TV anthology features men raising babies.
Idiots blush seldom, blind people and hereditary albinos, a great deal.Criminal Psychology | Hans Gross
Idiots and imbeciles have largely disappeared from country villages and small towns.London's Underworld | Thomas Holmes
Idiots who went so far as to claim the whole city would be destroyed, just to make people do as they said.Deadly City | Paul W. Fairman
Idiots, you will say, my dear sir or madame, to pick up this quarrel on such foolish grounds!Mated from the Morgue | John Augustus O'Shea
Idiots, whose minds are without action, dream like other men; therefore dreams are produced independent of the mind.Buffon's Natural History. Volume V (of 10) | Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
British Dictionary definitions for idiot
a person with severe mental retardation
a foolish or senseless person
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