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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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Master Fitzherbert describes an Idiot thus: He who shall be said to be an Idiot from his Birth, is such a Person, who cannot account or number twenty pence, or cannot tell who is his Father or Mother, or how old he is, &c.
A few other colonists shared his problems; none of them was considered an idiot, nor were they called natural fools.
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Pilkington became a household name in the first series of An Idiot Abroad as he documented his unique views on his travels around the Seven Wonders of the World.
The new series of An Idiot Abroad starts this month in the UK.
For the first time, Told By An Idiot explores the line where politics meets the personal, whilst remaining true to its playful and anarchic style.
And The Horse You Rode In On reunites Told By An Idiot with the Drum Theatre Plymouth following the sell-out success of their previous co-production The Fahrenheit Twins.
Madhavan, who has worked with Aamir in their last successful film 'Rang De Basanti', said that his character is of Farhan Qureshi, who quite willingly deviates towards the wrong path making him look like an idiot in the film.
Eugene replied: "You were only an idiot when you called me a liar.