Idiotism
Idiotism Id"i*ot*ism, n. [F. idiotisme, L. idiotismus the way of fashion of a private person, the common or vulgar manner of speaking, Gr. ?, fr. ? to put into or use common language, fr. ?. See {Idiot}.] 1. An idiom; a form, mode of expression, or signification, peculiar to a language. [1913 Webster]

Scholars sometimes give terminations and idiotisms, suitable to their native language, unto words newly invented. --M. Hale. [1913 Webster]

2. Lack of knowledge or mental capacity; idiocy; foolishness. [1913 Webster]

Worse than mere ignorance or idiotism. --Shaftesbury. [1913 Webster]

The running that adventure is the greatist idiotism. --Hammond. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • idiotism — IDIOTÍSM, idiotisme, s.n. Expresie sau construcţie caracteristică unei limbi, care nu poate fi tradusă în altă limbă cuvânt cu cuvânt. [pr.: di o ] – Din fr. idiotisme. Trimis de gall, 02.06.2008. Sursa: DEX 98  idiotísm s. n. (sil. di o ), pl.… …   Dicționar Român

  • idiotism — [id′ē ət iz΄əm] n. [Fr idiotisme: see IDIOT & ISM] 1. Archaic IDIOCY 2. Obs. IDIOM …   English World dictionary

  • idiotism — I. noun Etymology: Middle French idiotisme, from Latin idiotismus common speech, from Greek idiōtismos, from idiōtēs Date: 1588 1. obsolete idiom 1 2. idiom 2 II. noun Etymology …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • idiotism — idiotism1 /id ee euh tiz euhm/, n. 1. idiotic conduct or action. 2. idiocy. [1585 95; IDIOT + ISM] idiotism2 /id ee euh tiz euhm/, n. Obs. an idiom. [1580 90; < L idiotismus < Gk idiotismós a vulgar phrase, peculiar way of speaking] * * * …   Universalium

  • idiotísm — s. n. (sil. di o ), pl. idiotísme …   Romanian orthography

  • idiotism — n. silliness, stupidity, foolishness, senselessness …   English contemporary dictionary

  • idiotism — id·i·ot·ism …   English syllables

  • idiotism — I id•i•ot•ism [[t]ˈɪd i əˌtɪz əm[/t]] n. idiocy • Etymology: 1585–95; idiot+ ism II id•i•ot•ism [[t]ˈɪd i əˌtɪz əm[/t]] n. archaic an idiom • Etymology: 1580–90; < L idiōtismus < Gk idiōtismós a vulgar phrase, peculiar way of speaking …   From formal English to slang

  • idiotism — /ˈɪdiətɪzəm/ (say ideeuhtizuhm) noun 1. idiotic conduct or action. 2. Rare idiocy. 3. Obsolete an idiom. {idiot + ism; def. 3 from French idiotisme, from Late Latin idiōtismus a common way of speaking, from Greek idiōtismos uncouth manners} …   Australian English dictionary

  • idiotism — ˈidēəd.ˌizəm, ēəˌti noun ( s) Etymology: in sense 1, from Middle French idiotisme, from Latin idiotismus common or vulgar manner of speaking, from Greek idiōtismos way of a common man, manner of speech of a common man, from idiōtēs common man +… …   Useful english dictionary

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