simpleton

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n simpleton a person lacking intelligence or common sense
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Simpleton A person of weak intellect; a silly person.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n simpleton A person of limited or feeble intelligence; a foolish or silly person.
    • n simpleton The American dunlin, purre, or ox-bird. See cut under dunlin.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Simpleton a weak or foolish person
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Quotations

  • Miguel De Cervantes
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    “The most difficult character in comedy is that of the fool, and he must be no simpleton that plays that part.”
  • W. Wirt
    W. Wirt
    “He is a great simpleton who imagines that the chief power of wealth is to supply wants. In ninety-nine cases out of a hundred it creates more wants than it supplies.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. simplet, It. semplicione,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. simplex, the same—sim- (L. semel), root of plicāre, to fold.

Usage

In literature:

She has turned my head; made me act like a simpleton.
"Autumn Leaves" by Various
What a simpleton you must have been not to tell me long ago.
"Lorna Doone" by R. D. Blackmore
And Grettel is such a simpleton, really.
"Everychild" by Louis Dodge
For Gilles de Sille is no simpleton.
"The Black Douglas" by S. R. Crockett
Why some simpletons seem to think 'at they've a right to mak fun ova chap becoss he's a tailor, aw can't see.
"Yorksher Puddin'" by John Hartley
You are a simpleton, Corny!
"Within The Enemy's Lines" by Oliver Optic
Intelligent and witty, she had also a repugnance for fools and simpletons, whatever might be their age, their title and their name.
"Bohemians of the Latin Quarter" by Henry Murger
In this art, as in most others, I was an unpractised simpleton.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
The nature-mystic appeared to be an idle dreamer or a deluded simpleton.
"Nature Mysticism" by J. Edward Mercer
What will you do with absolute power, you simpletons?
"A Mummer's Tale" by Anatole France
To shorten the story, the simpleton went to Troyes as he had said, and, as he desired, he was taken prisoner.
"One Hundred Merrie And Delightsome Stories" by Various
I smiled, and looked on the poor creature as a simpleton.
"Modern Skepticism: A Journey Through the Land of Doubt and Back Again" by Joseph Barker
What a delicious old simpleton!
"Choice Readings for the Home Circle" by Anonymous
Only that is no fault of hers; it is her misfortune to have nobody sue for her hand except simpletons.
"Dr. Dumany's Wife" by Mór Jókai
And the soldiers say, as they listen: ''Tis some poor simpletons come playing the tunes we heard long ago in our mountains.
"The Well of Saint Clare" by Anatole France
To whom do you suppose, you simpleton!
"Woman Triumphant" by Vicente Blasco Ibañez
What a simpleton I was!
"Jane Allen: Right Guard" by Edith Bancroft
And so, in less time than it takes to tell about it, poor simpleton Bobo was made ready for his journey.
"The Firelight Fairy Book" by Henry Beston
It is the character of a simpleton to be a bore.
"Book of Wise Sayings" by W. A. Clouston
Saving these few obstinate simpletons such as Alice Benden, that you can do nought with, they be light enough fish to catch.
"All's Well" by Emily Sarah Holt
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In poetry:

'Twas Nickey Noodle, a simpleton,
Who raised the cry, "A witch, a witch!"
Then she was summoned to the court,
Amused, or grieved, she scarce knew which.
"Goody Two-Shoes" by Clara Doty Bates
Iases here I lie. To whom this proud
City for youth and beauty gave much fame.
The learned wise admired me, and the crowd
Of simpletons. From both I had the same
"Tomb of Iases" by Constantine P Cavafy
I cannot think what moved the poet men
So to write panegyrics of that foolish
Simpleton — while wild-rose as fresh again
Lives, and the drowsed cabbages keep soil coolish.
"The Garden" by Ivor Gurney
But what simpletons, should we choose,
With nought to gain and much to loose,
'Gainst Austria to war;
What greater folly, when we know
By doing this, we'll get a blow
From the ambitious Czar.
"To A Friend InThe City" by Mary Ann H T Bigelow

In news:

Guide Depicted Muslims as 7th-Century Simpletons.
Depending on who you ask, dogs are loyal simpletons, while cats are sneaky and independent - and now science has confirmed it.
There's talk of another Oscar for Tom Hanks, who is unforgettable as the sweet-natured, shabbily treated simpleton of the title.
These selfish, self-serving simpletons deserve not even a footnote in the history books of our lives.
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In science:

There exists a correlation between the temperature behavior of the self-diffusion coefficient and the frequency of vertices which are able to flip (simpletons).
Random tiling quasicrystals in three dimensions
The frequency of the simpleton is 23.61% in the ideal rhombohedra tiling.
Random tiling quasicrystals in three dimensions
The simpletons are arranged in two-dimensional layers perpendicular to the two-fold symmetry axis.
Random tiling quasicrystals in three dimensions
Due to the two possibilities to pack the rhombohedra into the simpleton there are two positions for the internal lattice point.
Random tiling quasicrystals in three dimensions
Simpleton flips directed in their frequency by the Monte-Carlo method allow the generation of equilibrium configurations at a given temperature.
Random tiling quasicrystals in three dimensions
A simpleton flip does not generate or destroy tiles, it only rearranges them.
Random tiling quasicrystals in three dimensions
If a lattice point belonging to the simpleton vertex is hit, the energy of the original and the flipped configuration are compared.
Random tiling quasicrystals in three dimensions
The simpleton vertex itself, for example, occurs with a frequency of 23.61% in the ideal tiling.
Random tiling quasicrystals in three dimensions
At T = ∞ the equilibrium frequency of the simpleton vertex is about 17.5%.
Random tiling quasicrystals in three dimensions
The frequency of the simpleton, however, in patches with fixed boundaries may grow to up to 30% of that of the bulk vertices.
Random tiling quasicrystals in three dimensions
In an equilibrium configuration generated by the simpleton flip method it is smeared out to an almost Gaussian distribution.
Random tiling quasicrystals in three dimensions
The addition method allows the generation of configurations that are never reached in acceptable times by the simpleton flip process.
Random tiling quasicrystals in three dimensions
Last, there is an explanation which comes from the fact that the number of flippable lattice points (number of simpletons) changes with temperature.
Random tiling quasicrystals in three dimensions
In the range 1 / T / 10 we find a nearly logarithmic decrease of the number of simpletons.
Random tiling quasicrystals in three dimensions
In the range 10 / T / 100 the approach of the frequency of the simpleton to a constant value leads to an increase of the negative slope of D(T ).
Random tiling quasicrystals in three dimensions
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