Idiocy
Idiocy Id"i*o*cy ([i^]d"[i^]*[-o]*s[y^]), n. [From idiot; cf. Gr. ? uncouthness, lack of education, fr. ?. See {Idiot}, and cf. {Idiotcy}.] The condition or quality of being an idiot; absence, or marked deficiency, of sense and intelligence. [1913 Webster]

I will undertake to convict a man of idiocy, if he can not see the proof that three angles of a triangle are equal to two right angles. --F. W. Robertson. [1913 Webster]


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  • idiocy — idiocy. См. умственная отсталость. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • idiocy — (n.) 1520s, from IDIOT (Cf. idiot) on model of prophecy, etc. Early alternatives included idiotacy (1580s), idiotry (1590s) …   Etymology dictionary

  • idiocy — [n] utter stupidity asininity, cretinism, derangement, fatuity, fatuousness, foolishness, imbecility, inanity, insanity, insipidity, lunacy, madness, senselessness, tomfoolery; concepts 409,410 Ant. brains, intelligence …   New thesaurus

  • idiocy — idiocy, idiopathic insanity /id(i)yasiy, idiyowpseOak insEenatiy/ See insanity …   Black's law dictionary

  • idiocy — idiocy, idiopathic insanity /id(i)yasiy, idiyowpseOak insEenatiy/ See insanity …   Black's law dictionary

  • idiocy — ► NOUN (pl. idiocies) ▪ extremely stupid behaviour …   English terms dictionary

  • idiocy — [id′ē ə sē] n. [ IDIO(T) + CY] 1. the state of being an idiot 2. behavior like that of an idiot; great foolishness or stupidity 3. pl. idiocies an idiotic act or remark …   English World dictionary

  • idiocy — n. 1) congenital idiocy 2) idiocy to + inf. (it was sheer idiocy for him to arrive late) * * * [ ɪdɪəsɪ] congenital idiocy idiocy to + inf. (it was sheer idiocy for him to arrive late) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • idiocy — Synonyms and related words: amentia, arrested development, asininity, backwardness, battiness, blithering idiocy, brainlessness, buffoonery, clownishness, crackpottedness, crankiness, craziness, cretinism, daffiness, desipience, eccentricity,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • idiocy — [[t]ɪ̱diəsi[/t]] idiocies N VAR: oft N of n/ ing If you refer to something as idiocy, you mean that you think it is very stupid. ...a powerful chapter on the idiocy of continuing government subsidies for environmentally damaging activities.… …   English dictionary

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