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idiot

 [id´e-ot]
old term for profound mental retardation, now considered offensive.
idiot savant a person who is generally mentally retarded, yet has a particular mental faculty developed to an unusually high degree, such as for mathematics or music.

idiot

/id·i·ot/ (id´e-it) obsolete, offensive name for a person with profound mental retardation.
idiot savant  a mentally retarded person with a particular mental faculty developed to an unusually high degree, as for mathematics, music, etc.

idiot

(ĭd′ē-ət)
n.
A person with profound intellectual disability having a mental age below three years and generally unable to learn connected speech or guard against common dangers. The term belongs to a classification system no longer in use and is now considered offensive.

Idiot

Neurology
An obsolete term formerly used for an individual with profound mental retardation (IQ < 20).
 
Vox populi
A derogatory term used indiscriminately for an obtuse person, regardless of that person’s tested IQ.

idiot

A person of severe mental deficit, incapable of coherent speech or of normal response to danger.
References in classic literature ?
But he had yet to learn that it is a dreadful thing to make an idiot fond of you, when you yourself are not of an affectionate disposition: especially an idiot with a pitchfork-- obviously a difficult friend to shake off by rough usage.
But David, you perceive, had reckoned without his host, or, to speak more precisely, without his idiot brother--an item of so uncertain and fluctuating a character, that I doubt whether he would not have puzzled the astute heroes of M.
There were several families still living there; but though they were little better than idiots, they were, at any rate, free from the taint of cretinism.
You are telling us in the most unvarnished manner that we are idiots," said Irais.
Children and idiots are not interested in such things," I said.
Wilfred Bohun stood rooted to the spot long enough to see the idiot go out into the sunshine, and even to see his dissolute brother hail him with a sort of avuncular jocularity.
No man but an idiot would pick up that little hammer if he could use a big hammer.
Then he continued, mastering his discomposure: "The words you said were, `No man but an idiot would pick up the small hammer.
Who would not rather see a poor idiot happy in the sunlight, than a wise man pining in a darkened jail!
Do those idiots really think they have a private audience and have rights to halt jokes midway?
Erol Rizaov wonders in Utrinski vesnik whether one can measure who the bigger idiots are--those who came up with the ebola or those who believed it.
Do we really want to keep re-electing idiots to represent us?