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idiocy

 [id´e-ah-se]
old term for profound mental retardation, now considered offensive.
amaurotic familial idiocy former name for neuronal ceroid-lipofuscinosis.
mongolian idiocy former name for Down syndrome or the marked mental retardation associated with it. The term is now considered offensive.

idiocy

(ĭd′ē-ə-sē)
n. pl. idio·cies
1. Extreme folly or stupidity.
2. A foolish or stupid utterance or deed.

idiocy

An obsolete term for severe mental retardation (IQ < 25).

idiocy

The state of a person with a mental age of less than three. The term is little used in medicine.
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"London somehow will have to offer its apologies to the Russian side, but obviously it is going to be a long story and the idiocy of it has gone too far," he told journalists commenting the situation over the notorious former GRU Colonel Sergei Skripal case, TASS reported.
The idiocy is in taking them to Barcelona in the first place.
The fact that this idiocy is funded by central government is irrelevant.
understanding of "idiocy" in 1791 was broader than the
I'm sure he will learn from his idiocy. No need for this to go further IMO."
During Tehran's 2009 post-election mayhem, she told me, "I was just in front of my computer, crying day in and day out." In our chat at motherjones.com/marjane-satrapi, she ruminates on the idiocy of dictators and GOP hawks, Janet Jackson's "cute" nipple, and why Barman is hot.
During its three-day discussions, ANCOIT stressed that international gangs (hackers) exploited the idiocy of those using social networking sites.
NNA - 15/04/2012 - Head of the Hezbollah parliamentarian Bloc MP Muhammad Raad, warned Israel against the eventual idiocy of attacking Lebanon.
"The Curse of the Masking-Tape Mummy" is a collection of comics from Scott Meyer's 'Basic Instructions' webcomic, presenting his daily struggle in his workplace and trying to get by in a world where the idiocy of everyone round him would make anyone consider a new career.
Yet Hareton is in fact one of the most afflicted characters in Wuthering Heights, thanks to the implicit stigma of "idiocy" the narrative contrives to attach to his character.
I am however amazed by the sheer idiocy of a minority of drivers who tailgate in blizzard conditions, drive without lights, drive too fast for the road conditions/weather.
YOUR shocking front-page story "Bosses sleep at work to beat burglars" (Telegraph, 31 October) demonstrates the idiocy of the government forcing through deep cuts to our police.