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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.
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They are only kids, but they are over the age to receive punishment from the police because they could have quite easily killed someone tonight riding on the pavement like idiots.
Thing is, in jail he will probably be popular, it's an idiot being put in a building exclusively built for other idiots, so it's a match made in heaven.
it is difficult to believe that he was following it up in sheer fun with "these idiots these politicians .
On record, I would like to say that 3 Idiots is a great film.
We don't want to go back in the past and play follow the leader to some idiots who have decided to burn and loot for the sake of it.
He has been a "birther", questioning Barack Obama's citizenship, like a number of other idiots "full of sound and fury, signifying nothing".
Right now, I am the only one idiot right now and I need you to be the other idiot," says Pal.
A "marketing monster" is what Raj Kumar Hirani, maker of the record-busting film 3 Idiots , calls Aamir Khan.
Wales" I think now is the time that these idiots that come and walk Snowdon and the hills unprepared, ill equipped in all weathers and having no idea what can happen at the higher altitudes should be charged a nominal fee for calling for assistance, especially if it is found that they are not properly equipped.
It doesn't do you any favours to be the smartest person in the room, because if you're surrounded by idiots and you point out that someone is an idiot, all the idiots look at you as though you are an idiot" - Comic actor Ricky Gervais (pictured).
Definitely not for idiots, this guide explains how solar power is generated by photovoltaic cells, outlines the different solar power systems available on the market, and offers advice on selecting a system and hiring a contractor to install it.
quotation on page 15 of your October issue, the author adds, "only men [could vote]" That's expressing it a bit too broadly, since some men were ineligible--including (to coin a naughty phrase) judges, idiots and lunatics.