idiot savant


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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 savant

n. pl. idiot savants
Often Offensive A person with savant syndrome; a savant.

idiot savant

[idē·ō′ savänt′]
an individual with mental retardation who is nonetheless capable of performing certain unusual mental feats, primarily those involving music, puzzle solving, or manipulation of numbers.
Referring to a mentally disabled person incapable of abstract reasoning, who has one remarkably overdeveloped skill—e.g., mathematical or calendar ‘calculation’, memory, mechanical ability or talent in music or the visual arts

idiot savant

Savant syndrome A mentally retarded person incapable of abstract reasoning, with a remarkably overdeveloped skill–eg, mathematical or calendar 'calculation', memory, mechanical ability or talent in music and the visual arts

idiot savant

A person, severely backward in most mental respects, who shows great precocity and ability in one particular direction, such as mental arithmetical calculation or data recall. The idiot savant often has an IQ of less than 50 and the particular skill is seldom of practical use.
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It may turn out the idiot savant is the child who shines most brightly and touches you most directly in the next decade.
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We could try and intellectualise the experience by pointing out its existential parallels - such as idiot savant Helen's 'I blink therefore I am' life philosophy.
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