imbecile


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imbecile

 [im´bĕ-sil]
old term for a person with an intermediate grade of mental retardation, now considered offensive.

im·be·cile

(im'bĕ-sil),
An obsolete term for a subclass of mental retardation or an individual classified therein.
[L. imbecillus, weak, silly]

imbecile

(ĭm′bə-sĭl, -səl)
n.
1. A person who is considered foolish or stupid.
2. A person with moderate to severe intellectual disability having a mental age of from three to seven years and generally being capable of some degree of communication and performance of simple tasks under supervision. The term belongs to a classification system no longer in use and is now considered offensive.

im′be·cil′ic (-sĭl′ĭk) adv.

imbecile

Neurology
An obsolete term for a person with an intellectual disability above that of an idiot, which is now subdivided into either moderate (IQ 35–49) or severe (IQ 20–34) mental retardation.
 
Vox populi
A derogatory term used indiscriminately for an obtuse person, regardless of that person’s tested IQ.

imbecile

An obsolete term for a mentally retarded person or, nowadays, a person with severe learning difficulty.

imbecile

an animal in a continuous state of imbecility.
References in classic literature ?
Pierre continued, in French, to persuade the officer not to hold that drunken imbecile to account.
The red fire with its gently audible movement seemed like a solemn existence calmly independent of the petty passions, the imbecile desires, the straining after worthless uncertainties, which were daily moving her contempt.
She was young and beautifully formed; the single drapery wound around her body from below her breasts left no detail of her symmetrical proportions unrevealed, but her face was the face of an imbecile.
To give wealth to an old man long past the enjoyment of it-ay, imbecile already
The place breathed the very atmosphere of decay and death, and the imbecile ancient, curing in the smoke the token of death, was himself palsiedly shaking into the disintegration of the grave.
They present the same rosy complexions and straw-colored mustachios, the same plump cheeks, vacant eyes and low forehead; and they utter, with the same stolid gravity, the same imbecile small talk.
Hardyman's last imbecile question had opened her eyes to the true state of the case.
Then," said the doomed one, "I should just like to remark that you are the most unspeakable old imbecile in seven States and the District of Columbia.
Where it had lain were a few maggots, manifesting an imbecile activity.
She's taken care of Dick and she's never been away from him for eleven years--she's tied to that imbecile for life.
He is greatly irritated by the irony of Socrates, but his noisy and imbecile rage only lays him more and more open to the thrusts of his assailant.
Yet I do my part to save him still: I give him to understand that drinking makes his eyes dull, and his face red and bloated; and that it tends to render him imbecile in body and mind; and if Annabella were to see him as often as I do, she would speedily be disenchanted; and that she certainly will withdraw her favour from him, if he continues such courses.