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definition of the word idiot

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Etymology

From Middle English from Old French idiote from Latin idiota from Ancient Greek ἰδιώτης (idiotēs), a private citizen, one who has no professional knowledge, layman) from ἴδιος (idios), one's own, pertaining to oneself, private); ἰδιώτης was used derisively in ancient Athens to refer to one who declined to take part in public life.

Noun

Singular
idiot

Plural
idiots

idiot (plural idiots)

  1. (pejorative) A common term for a person of low general intelligence.
    usage note This may be used pejoratively, as an insult. It is a weak insult, however, and between close friends, family members, or lovers, is often completely nonaggressive.
  2. (obsolete) A medical or psychological term meaning a person who lacks the capacity to develop beyond the mental age of a normal four-year-old.

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