[ mawr-on, mohr- ]
/ ˈmɔr ɒn, ˈmoʊr- /
Informal. a person who is notably stupid or lacking in good judgment: I wonder why they elected that narrow-minded moron to Congress.
Psychology. (no longer in technical use; now considered offensive) a person of borderline intelligence in a former and discarded classification of mental retardation, having an intelligence quotient of 50 to 69.
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Origin of moron
1905–10, Americanism; < Greek mōrón, neuter of mōrós foolish, dull
Related formsmo·ron·ic [muh-ron-ik] /məˈrɒn ɪk/, adjectivemo·ron·i·cal·ly, adverbmo·ron·ism, mo·ron·i·ty [muh-ron-i-tee] /məˈrɒn ɪ ti/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for moronity
/ (ˈmɔːrɒn) /
a foolish or stupid person
a person having an intelligence quotient of between 50 and 70, able to work under supervision
Derived Formsmoronic (mɒˈrɒnɪk), adjectivemoronically, adverbmoronism or moronity, noun
Word Origin for moron
C20: from Greek mōros foolish
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Medicine definitions for moronity
[ môr′ŏn′ ]
A person of mild mental retardation having a mental age of from 7 to 12 years and generally having communication and social skills enabling some degree of academic or vocational education. The term belongs to a classification system no longer in use and is now considered offensive.
Related formsmo•ron′ic (mə-rŏn′ĭk, mô-) adj.mo′ron′ism null n.
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