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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

(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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Of course, more than once, rye had a source say to me, "You know, you really are an idiot." But to me, that's a small price to pay for coming away from the interview with a complete understanding of the topic.--S.C.
(16) What might be the earliest record of a case brought before the king was described as "an idiot who [in 1212] is in the prison because in his witlessness he confessed that he is a thief, although in fact he is not to blame." (17) No comparable records exist in Massachusetts Bay; there is no evidence that idiots were brought before the courts of the colony and the constituent towns on criminal charges, so there is no way to know if and how the law was implemented.
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An Idiot Abroad returns to our screens this month, and this time Karl Pilkington has got some company.
A combined production between Told by an Idiot and Drum Theatre Plymouth, the tour also features post-show events in which the audience will be invited to take part in games and practical exercises.
They are idiots, they know they're idiots, but it is easier to be an idiot than try and improve their lifestyle.
ACTION MAN George W Bush, far from being an idiot leader of an idiot nation, is a successful businessman and Ivy League graduate who inspires loyalty among his staff.
Summary: Karl Pilkington has become a lot more famous since his television series An Idiot Abroad took off, but says fame hasn't changed him.
IT'S known for its comic take on things - but theatre company Told By An Idiot is exploring its dark side with its latest production.
So, the tag line of the film is 'Don't be stupid, be an idiot'.
I USED To think Ian Botham was a bit of an idiot. In fact I couldn't work out who was the bigger idiot - him for being a world class swordsman, never caring how much his cheating hurt Kath, his wife.
The comedian has sent mates Warwick Davis and Karl Pilkington retracing Marco Polo's footsteps from Italy to China for a third series of An Idiot Abroad.