• WordNet 3.6
    • n idiot a person of subnormal intelligence
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The words moron, imbecile, and idiot are not interchangable. The one with the highest level of intelligence is a moron, followed, by an imbecile, and then idiot
    • Idiot A fool; a simpleton; -- a term of reproach. "Weenest thou make an idiot of our dame?"
    • Idiot A human being destitute of the ordinary intellectual powers, whether congenital, developmental, or accidental; commonly, a person without understanding from birth; a natural fool. In a former classification of mentally retarded people, idiot designated a person whose adult level of intelligence was equivalent to that of a three-year old or younger; this corresponded with an I.Q. level of approximately 25 or less. "Life . . . is a tale
      Told by an idiot , full of sound and fury,
      Signifying nothing."
    • Idiot A man in private station, as distinguished from one holding a public office. "St. Austin affirmed that the plain places of Scripture are sufficient to all laics, and all idiots or private persons."
    • Idiot An unlearned, ignorant, or simple person, as distinguished from the educated; an ignoramus. "Christ was received of idiots , of the vulgar people, and of the simpler sort, while he was rejected, despised, and persecuted even to death by the high priests, lawyers, scribes, doctors, and rabbis."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A young criminal walked into a bank and quietly handed the teller a note demanding several thousand dollars. Disguised, the man could have easily gotten away. However, he had idiotically written the note on a piece of his own stationery; it included his full name and address.
    • n idiot A private person.
    • n idiot An unlearned, ignorant, or simple person.
    • n idiot A fool or dupe; one who is fooled.
    • n idiot A professional fool; a jester; a clown.
    • n idiot A human being destitute of the ordinary mental powers; one who is born without understanding or discernment, or who has utterly lost it by disease, so as to have no lucid intervals; one who, by deficiency of the intellectual faculties, is unfit for the social condition, or for taking care of himself in danger.
    • n idiot In old English law, one who has been without understanding or reasoning powers from his birth, as distinguished from a lunatic. “At the present day idiocy is considered as a species of insanity or lunacy.” (Rapalje and Lawrence.)
    • idiot Afflicted with or indicating idiocy; idiotic.
    • idiot To make or render idiotic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Idiot id′i-ut one deficient in intellect: a foolish or unwise person
    • adj Idiot afflicted with idiocy: idiotic
    • v.t Idiot to make idiotic—ns. Id′iocy, Id′iotcy, state of being an idiot: imbecility: folly
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  • Katharine Hepburn
    “Acting is the perfect idiot's profession.”
  • Arthur Schopenhauer
    “Because people have no thoughts to deal in, they deal cards, and try and win one another's money. Idiots!”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “No man can be a pure specialist without being in the strict sense an idiot.”
  • Marquis De Sade
    “The majority of pop stars are complete idiots in every respect.”
  • Louis Aragon
    Louis Aragon
    “We know that the nature of genius is to provide idiots with ideas twenty years later.”
  • Arabian Proverb
    Arabian Proverb
    “A man profits more by the sight of an idiot than by the orations of the learned.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. idiot, L. idiota, an uneducated, ignorant, ill-informed person, Gr. 'idiw`ths, also and orig., a private person, not holding public office, fr. 'i`dios proper, peculiar. See Idiom


In literature:

He was radiantly, idiotically happy.
"Antony Gray,--Gardener" by Leslie Moore
That would be idiotic and make matters worse.
"The Hero of Garside School" by J. Harwood Panting
The second case was that of a young idiot.
"Buchanan's Journal of Man, June 1887" by Various
He had fathered an idiot!
"The Wonder" by J. D. Beresford
Yet I know that the burn of your hand on my body is an absurdity, of interest only to my idiot senses.
"Fantazius Mallare" by Ben Hecht
He's a cheerful idiot.
"Roy Blakeley's Camp on Wheels" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
What a tactless idiot I am!
"The Twelfth Hour" by Ada Leverson
This would show that more than one twentieth of the idiots examined are offspring of the marriage of relations.
"Popular Education" by Ira Mayhew
Look at his upbringing by that idiot woman.
"The Rough Road" by William John Locke
I can't understand how such an idiotic thing happened?
"The End of the Rainbow" by Marian Keith
He could make his demands known without lowering himself by making idiotic noises.
"The Weakling" by Everett B. Cole
Little idiot that I was, I set to dreaming of Joanna.
"The Belovéd Vagabond" by William J. Locke
We made Foster look a most awful idiot, but that could not be helped.
"Godfrey Marten, Undergraduate" by Charles Turley
I was an idiot to lose my temper this morning, but I hate being made game of.
"The Crevice" by William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander
And in another half hour Brice would be no better than an idiot!
"The Floating Island of Madness" by Jason Kirby
Do yez take me for an idiot?
"'Charge It'" by Irving Bacheller
Didn't he know, idiot, that Dolores was for the other one?
"Mayflower (Flor de mayo)" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
Bedad, we're not all out such omadhauns (idiots) as that!
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Yes, as madly and as idiotically as do in the play the heroes whom they worship.
"Rambles in Womanland" by Max O'Rell
He looks at me, and is such an idiot.
"Ayala's Angel" by Anthony Trollope

In poetry:

His lovely blue eyes never wander'd around,
To seek for his mother, or greet her when found:
These promised delights were not mine to enjoy,
All arms were alike to my poor idiot boy.
"The Complaint" by Caroline Fry
Oh! rather be this then a mother's last prayer,
Her infant's blest portion hereafter to share,
And recognize, Oh! with what rapture of joy,
In an Angel of Heaven, her poor idiot boy!
"The Consolation" by Caroline Fry
Then grant me, O God! 'tis a mother's last prayer,
The solace of death with my infant to share;
No pause of affliction is mine to enjoy,
Till I sleep in the grave of my poor idiot boy.
"The Complaint" by Caroline Fry
While errors unnumbered we cast at his feet,
While each head shall be bowed and each bosom shall beat:
Unabashed, unconfounded, thy poor idiot boy
Shall ask of his Saviour his portion of joy.
"The Consolation" by Caroline Fry
I COULD have borne affliction's sharpest thorn;
The sting of malice­poverty's deep wound;
The sneers of vulgar pride, the idiot's scorn;
Neglected Love, false Friendship's treach'rous sound;
"Sonnet to Ingratitude" by Mary Darby Robinson
But I went forth
with my fine scorn, and whither did it lead?
Money's the root of evil do they say?
money is virtue, strength: money to me
would then have been repentance: could I live
upon my idiot's pride?
"A Castaway" by Augusta Davies Webster

In news:

Of all the idiotic things Carlos Zambrano has done in his career, walking out on the nearly $24 million remaining on his contract would definitely top them all.
Jesse Eisenberg and Aziz Ansari play two smart guys behaving like idiots in " 30 Minutes or Less".
Red Sox Could Use a Couple of Idiots.
In a piece penned for THR, the Emmy winner -- called everything from "slut" to "idiot" for speaking out -- defends her right to do so: "Being an actress is a huge part of me.
" (Or is it a "complete" guide for an idiot.
However, "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Football" did fill in a few gaps in my gridiron knowledge.
'Why My Wife Thinks I'm an Idiot'.
Idiots find car accident amusing .
Bonds has called Ecko "an idiot.".
In addition to the risk of whacking passersby, you're going to look like an idiot.
Receiver Braylon Edwards recently called the New York Jets "idiots".
Those same "idiots," presumably Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum and his staff, claimed Edwards off waivers Tuesday.
They ask if I'm an idiot.
Chuck Lorre slams Mitt Romney, calls 'The Bachelor ' 'idiotic'.
Bears ' Briggs joins Marshall in unloading on Packers, calls Finley an 'idiot.

In science:

It dawned on the grasshopper that although the individual ants were just boring little morons idiotically following rules, the nest as a whole was managing to find the closest leaves, bring them back along optimal routes, and feed them to its plantations of fungi.
Interplay between Network Topology and Dynamics in Neural Systems
To mix metaphors, it took a village to raise this lost idiot.
Single barium ion spectroscopy: light shifts, hyperfine structure, and progress on an optical frequency standard and atomic parity violation
However, I hope to demonstrate for you that this idea is not at all idiotic, and that it has many attractive features.
M Theory and Cosmology
Some writers feel the need to “idiot proof” a spreadsheet.
New Guidelines For Spreadsheets