imbecility


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imbecility

 [im″bĕ-sil´ĭ-te]
old term for intermediate forms of mental retardation, now considered offensive.

imbecility

An obsolete term for an IQ of 25–54.

imbecility

(ĭm″bĕ-sĭl′ĭ-tē)
Moderate to severe mental retardation.
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Of course I know that one so morally deformed is no less to be pitied than a physical cripple; but in your pitying, let us drop a tear, too, for the men who are striving to carry on a great enterprise, whose working hours are not limited by the whistle, and whose hair is fast turning white through the struggle to hold the line in dowdy indifference, slipshod imbecility, and the heartless ingratitude which, but for their enterprise, would be both hungry and homeless.
"..everything that was ever invented by knavery to impose upon imbecility".Voltaire (A Philosophical Dictionary)
ADVOCATING the adoption of the new Constitution drafted in Philadelphia, the authors of The Federalist Papers mocked the "imbecility" of the weak central government created by the Articles of Confederation.
It's imbecility, total inability to stomach historic truth.
This is institutionalised imbecility." Robert Lenzner, Forbes.
She is condemned to the guillotine, but her punishment is commuted to a life sentence at a women's prison, where she is subjected to a strict regimen of silence that ultimately wears her down to a state of imbecility and then to death.
The villagers, fearful of the cost of supporting the court, feigned imbecility when the royal messengers arrived.
They don't understand politics, and of course they confuse their friends and their enemies, and that is the ultimate political proof of imbecility.
Imagine the cruel imbecility of pretending that a 61-year-old man who's just informed you he has a "medical condition" is a terrorist.
The assault on Libya, greatly helped by Gaddafi's imbecility on every front, was designed to wrest the initiative back from the streets by appearing as the defenders of civil rights.
The United States Supreme Court had written in 1927, in response to a constitutional challenge to similar American legislation, "it is better for all the world if, instead of waiting to execute degenerate offspring for crime, or to let them starve for their imbecility, society can prevent those who are manifestly unfit from continuing their kind."
* Virtues of Stupidity Gambit: There are advantages to feigning imbecility. First, you can lull your opponents into a false sense of security as they may reason that since you seem to be a negotiating pushover they might as well exert more energy in negotiating other deals with more shrewd negotiators.