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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.
n. pl. idiot savants
Often Offensive A person with savant syndrome; a savant.
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
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.
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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The criticism is justified, for the doctoral departments have become wastelands of competitive conformity turning out idiot savants
in mathematics who know virtually nothing of practical policy, institutional reality, or historical change.
Overpaid idiot savants
have wealth and privilege thrust upon them, and then we react with horror when they behave like brutish imbeciles.
calendrical calculators: Rules and regularities.