idiot savant
noun (plural idiots savants or idiot savants) Etymology: French, literally, learned idiot Date: 1927 1. a person affected with a mental disability (as autism or mental retardation) who exhibits exceptional skill or brilliance in some limited field (as mathematics or music) — called also savant 2. a person who is highly knowledgeable about one subject but knows little about anything else

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  • Idiot savant — Idiot sa|vant [idjɔsa vã] der; , s s [idjɔsa vã] <aus gleichbed. fr. idiot savant zu ↑Idiot u. fr. savant »gelehrt, gebildet«, dies zu savoir »wissen, kennen; können« (aus lat. sapere »Einsicht haben«)> Person, die auf einem speziellen… …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • idiot savant — [id′ē ət sa vänt′, savant′; sav′ənt; ] Fr [ ē dyō sȧ vän′] n. pl. idiot savants or Fr. idiots savants [ē dyō sȧ vän′] [Fr, lit., wise idiot] a mentally retarded person who possesses some remarkable special aptitude, as for memorization or rapid… …   English World dictionary

  • idiot savant — Individuo con un grave retraso mental, pero que, sin embargo, es capaz de realizar ciertas proezas mentales no habituales, fundamentalmente las relacionadas con música, solución de acertijos y rompecabezas o manipulación de números. Diccionario… …   Diccionario médico

  • Idiot savant —   [idijosa vã, französisch], Person, die auf einem speziellen Gebiet (z. B. in Gedächtnisleistung) überdurchschnittliche Fähigkeiten aufweist, im Übrigen aber schwachsinnig ist …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Idiot Savant — Die Inselbegabung – auch Savant Syndrom genannt – ist ein Phänomen, bei dem Menschen, oft mit kognitiver Behinderung, in einem kleinen Teilbereich außergewöhnliche Leistungen vollbringen. 50 Prozent der bekannten Inselbegabten sind Autisten.… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • idiot savant — UK [ˌɪdɪəʊ sæˈvɒ̃] / US [ˌɪdɪoʊ sæˈvɑ̃] noun [countable] Word forms idiot savant : singular idiot savant plural idiot savants someone with a mental disability who has a special ability in a particular subject, for example in mathematics …   English dictionary

  • idiot savant — [ˌi:djəʊ sa vɒidiot savant, ˌɪdɪəʊ] noun (plural idiot savants or idiots savants pronunciation same) a person who has a mental disability or learning difficulties but is gifted in a specific way, such as the ability to perform feats of memory.… …   English new terms dictionary

  • idiot savant —    (eed YOH sah VANH) [French: learned idiot] In psychiatry, a mentally deficient person with extraordinary skill or ability in a special field, such as musical performance or mathematics.    The film stars Tom Hanks as the engaging idiot savant… …   Dictionary of foreign words and phrases

  • idiot savant — idiot sa·vant ē .dyō sä vän; id ē ət sə vänt, vant n, pl idiots savants .dyō sä vän(z); əts sə vänt(s), vant(s) or idiot savants a person affected with a mental disability (as autism or mental retardation) who exhibits exceptional skill or… …   Medical dictionary

  • idiot savant — /id ee euht sa vahnt , seuh vant , sav euhnt/; Fr. /ee dyoh sann vahonn /, pl. idiot savants, Fr. idiots savants /ee dyoh sann vahonn /. Psychiatry. a mentally defective person with an exceptional skill or talent in a special field, as a highly… …   Universalium

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