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idiot

id·i·ot

idiot

 
pronunciation:
I di iht
features:
Word Combinations (noun), Word History, Word Parts
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a stupid person; imbecile; fool.
synonyms:
blockhead, boob, dimwit, dolt, dummy, half-wit, imbecile, moron, nitwit, numskull
antonyms:
genius
similar words:
ass, cretin, dope, dullard, dunce, fool, ignoramus, oaf, simpleton
definition 2: a person who is profoundly subnormal in intellectual development as a result of a birth defect, early illness, or severe injury.
synonyms:
cretin
similar words:
half-wit, moron
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Word History
Idiot comes from an ancient Greek word that means "private person" or "peculiar person." The word was used for someone who did not hold public office and was not educated. For the Greeks, to call someone a private person was an insult.
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