idiocy

  • 1 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… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 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.

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

    Etymology dictionary

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

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  • 5 idiocy — idiocy, idiopathic insanity /id(i)yasiy, idiyowpseOak insEenatiy/ See insanity …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 6 idiocy — idiocy, idiopathic insanity /id(i)yasiy, idiyowpseOak insEenatiy/ See insanity …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 7 idiocy — ► NOUN (pl. idiocies) ▪ extremely stupid behaviour …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 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

  • 9 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

  • 10 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

  • 11 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

  • 12 idiocy — UK [ˈɪdɪəsɪ] / US noun Word forms idiocy : singular idiocy plural idiocies 1) [uncountable] very stupid ideas or behaviour 2) [countable] a very stupid thing to say or do the idiocies of the tabloid press …

    English dictionary

  • 13 idiocy — noun a) The state or condition of being an idiot; the quality of having an intelligence level far below average; mental retardation. The administrators, growing tired of such idiocy, put a new policy in place. b) An act lacking intelligence or… …

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  • 14 idiocy — id|i|o|cy [ˈıdiəsi] n plural idiocies [U and C] something that you think is extremely silly or stupid = ↑stupidity ▪ The idiocy of his behaviour appalled her. ▪ He smiled calmly at the idiocies of mankind …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 idiocy — noun 1 (U) extreme stupidity or silliness: the idiocy of our rulers 2 (C) a very stupid remark or action …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 idiocy — noun a seventeenth century antidote to idiocy was to rub the forehead with beaver testicles Syn: stupidity, folly, foolishness, foolhardiness, ignorance; madness, insanity, lunacy, nonsense; silliness, brainlessness, thoughtlessness,… …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 17 idiocy — noun (plural cies) Date: circa 1529 1. (usually offensive) extreme mental retardation 2. something notably stupid or foolish …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 18 idiocy — /id ee euh see/, n., pl. idiocies. 1. utterly senseless or foolish behavior; a stupid or foolish act, statement, etc. 2. Psychol. the state of being an idiot. [1520 30; IDIO(T) + CY; cf. Gk idioteía uncouthness] Syn. 1. foolishness, inanity,… …

    Universalium

  • 19 idiocy — id·i·o·cy id ē ə sē n, pl cies usu offensive extreme mental retardation …

    Medical dictionary

  • 20 idiocy — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. imbecility, vacuity, cretinism, feeblemindedness; foolishness, vapidity, senselessness. See insanity, folly.Ant., genius. II (Roget s IV) n. 1. [Folly] Syn. foolishness, madness, inanity; see… …

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