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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

/id·i·o·cy/ (id´e-ah-se) obsolete, offensive name for profound mental retardation.
amaurotic idiocy , amaurotic familial idiocy former name for neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis.
mongolian idiocy  former name for Down syndrome or the associated mental retardation; 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.

idiocy

a state of severe mental retardation, difficult to determine in an animal but typical examples are calves with hydranencephaly, yearling cattle with polioencephalomalacia.

juvenile amaurotic familial idiocy
see amaurotic familial idiocy.
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Parnel Wickham, Idiocy and the Law in Colonial New England, 39 MENTAL RETARDATION 104, 104 (2001) [hereinafter Wickham, Idiocy and the Law in Colonial New England]; see also Parnel Wickham, Idiocy in Virginia, 1616-1860, 80 Bull.
Such a singular approach incorporating these multiple myths ignores the complex nature of idiocy in the diverse cultures of colonial America and fails to capture the many factors that contributed to a socially constructed interpretation of idiocy.
This is a prime example of the current psychobabble pervading the intellectual idiocy of higher education.
It takes a village to raise a child, but it takes a nation to accept this sort of idiocy as entertainment.
But watching the new series on ITV last night I suddenly realised the idiocy of the title.
But in an era of Pat Buchanan's ascendancy, maybe Belgrader and Berc are on to something: Pa Ubu's campaign promise to "get rid of clouds to eliminate rainy days" sounds like much of the Panglossian idiocy of recent American politics.
The Republican feeding frenzy on the national Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting has been as stunning an example of arrogantly dogmatic political idiocy as any in recent memory.
A conservative could oppose the politically correct idiocy, but as a liberal professor I would have felt obligated to uphold the basic values of my creed, while quietly enduring the most appalling manifestations of multiculturalism.
Idiocy or imbecility, in contrast, was chronic, lifelong and hopeless.
And while this film may not hit the heights of their vintage shorts, it offers an hour and a half of inspired, eye-poking idiocy.
award (Politicians' Idiocy Shameless Here) is winging its way to the politicos who abolished prison sentences of three months or less and blocked mandatory jail terms for anyone carrying a knife.
However, it just goes to prove the idiocy of those who did this and put at risk the lives of those who are there to serve and protect us.