• WordNet 3.6
    • adj imbecile having a mental age of three to seven years
    • n imbecile 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
    • Imbecile (Psychology) A person with a degree of mental retardation between that of an idiot and a moron; in a former classification of mentally retarded person, it applied to a person with an adult mental age of from four to eith years, and an I.Q. of from 26 to 50.
    • Imbecile One destitute of strength; esp., one of feeble mind; -- sometimes used as a pejorative term.
    • v. t Imbecile To weaken; to make imbecile; as, to imbecile men's courage.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • imbecile Without physical strength; feeble; impotent; helpless.
    • imbecile Mentally feeble: fatuous; having the mental faculties undeveloped or greatly impaired. See imbecility.
    • imbecile Marked by mental feebleness or incapacity; indicating weakness of mind; inane; stupid: as, imbecile efforts; an imbecile speech.
    • imbecile Synonyms and Foolish, driveling, idiotic. See debility.
    • n imbecile One who is imbecile.
    • imbecile To make imbecile; weaken.
    • imbecile To embezzle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Imbecile im′be-sēl without strength either of body or mind: feeble: fatuous
    • n Imbecile one destitute of strength, either of mind or body
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  • Albert Schweitzer
    “Man is a clever animal who behaves like an imbecile.”
  • Billy Wilder
    Billy Wilder
    “An audience is never wrong. An individual member of it may be an imbecile, but a thousand imbeciles together in the dark -- that is critical genius.”
  • Tristan Tzara
    Tristan Tzara
    “The rest, called literature, is a dossier of human imbecility for the guidance of future professors.”


In literature:

Am I to sit and govern my feet under a chair, and gaze like an imbecile nun?
"Vittoria, Complete" by George Meredith
Are you a purse-proud commoner or an imbecile?
"The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete" by George Meredith
I have my clear judgement, I am not an imbecile.
"The Tragic Comedians, Complete" by George Meredith
I am curious to learn what my imbecility was counted worth.
"Diana of the Crossways, Complete" by George Meredith
I say nothing to hurt the poor woman; I back her against her imbecile of a husband.
"Lord Ormont and his Aminta, Complete" by George Meredith
Hence do we behold rascals or imbeciles in the offspring of most men.
"The Amazing Marriage, Complete" by George Meredith
He talked, he told himself afterwards, like an excited imbecile.
"The Golden Snare" by James Oliver Curwood
I had rather talk with her than with one of the imbecile prettinesses.
"Born in Exile" by George Gissing
These men were indignant at the imbecility of the course pursued in the obedient provinces.
"History of the United Netherlands, 1590-1599, Vol. III. Complete" by John Lothrop Motley
It was a question of minutes till he should present himself to her eyes as a sentimental and susceptible imbecile.
"The Gentleman From Indiana" by Booth Tarkington

In poetry:

Sleep not in imbecile trust
Waiting for God to begin,
While, growing strong in the dust,
Rests the bruised serpent of sin.
"God's Vengeance" by John Hay
"Has some Vast Imbecility,
Mighty to build and blend,
But impotent to tend,
Framed us in jest, and left us now to hazardry?
"Nature's Questioning" by Thomas Hardy
But when Art, imbecile,
Sits old and chill
On sidings shaven clean,
And counts his clustering
Dead daisies on a string
With witless laughter….
"Art And Life" by Lola Ridge
I've had moments of hatred of you since,
Loving everybody!
"To you, whoever you are, with endless embrace!"--
That's you, Pipsey,
With your imbecile bit of a tail in a love-flutter.
You omnipip.
"Bibbles" by D H Lawrence
When I lie down to love,
old dwarf heart shakes her head.
Like an imbecile she was bom old.,
Her eyes wobble as thirty-one thick folds
of skin open to glare at me on my flickering bed. She knows the decay we're made of.
"Old Dwarf Heart" by Anne Sexton

In news:

You're an Imbecile, Sam Bacile .
Bankers Join Billionaires to Debunk 'Imbecile' Attack on Top 1.
When that imbecile Rush Limbaugh called Sandra Fluke a slut, I wanted to scream.
If the point of the day were to pass rapidly through airport security without being groped , they would indeed by imbeciles.
You're an Imbecile , Sam Bacile.
Bankers Join Billionaires to Debunk ' Imbecile ' Attack on Top 1.
Emancipation Proclamation gives Lincoln 'character of imbecility ,' editorial says.
Her tone sounded … well, it sounded like she thought I was an imbecile: "Yes TOMORROW is the last day of kindergarten.".
OK, I am sort of an imbecile.
Cuyahoga Community College, 11000 Pleasant Valley Road, will have open auditions for its production of "Three Generations of Imbeciles," a play by William Baer.
The Cable Shouters The Left should not throw stones about imbecility.
Cartoon portrayed Mitt Romney as 'imbecile'.
It was a shock to see your Aug 1 Viewpoint syndicated cartoon (Rob Rogers), which depicted Mitt Romney as a wild-eyed imbecile.
Emancipation Proclamation gives Lincoln 'character of imbecility,' editorial says.
The respected journalist dishes her views on film, books, and imbeciles.