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imbecilic

[im-buh-sil-ik]
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of an imbecile.
  2. contemptibly stupid, silly, or inappropriate: an imbecilic suggestion.
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Origin of imbecilic

First recorded in 1915–20; imbecile + -ic

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  • The intricate and imbecilic steps of the day he performed in flawless sequence.

    Gigolo

    Edna Ferber

  • He, Hunter, was the one who deserved execution for ever entrusting anything so important as the message to an imbecilic animal.

  • Moral strife, as well as legal penalties, would bear all the stigmata of unmitigated, imbecilic cruelty.

    The Philosophy of Spinoza

    Baruch de Spinoza

  • If stimulated by association with girls, he makes crude and imbecilic plans for conquest.

    The Criminal Imbecile

    Henry Herbert Goddard

  • It needs no argument to show that all the rest of his conduct in leaving things as he did was imbecilic.

    The Criminal Imbecile

    Henry Herbert Goddard


Word Origin and History for imbecilic

adj.

1875, from imbecile + -ic.

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