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noun 
  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.
  1. (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.
Translations: 
  • Dutch: idioot
  • French: idiot(fr)m
  • German: Idiot , Idiotin
  • Spanish: idiota
Etymology: < idiote < idiota < (idiotes) "a private citizen", "individual", also "one who has no professional knowledge, layman" and "unpractised, unskilled" < (idios) "one's own, pertaining to oneself, private"; used derisively in ancient Athens to refer to one who declined to take part in public life.


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