imbecility

  • 1 Imbecility — Im be*cil i*ty, n.; pl. {Imbecilities}. [L. imbecillitas: cf. F. imb[ e]cillit[ e].] The quality of being imbecile; weakness; feebleness, esp. of mind. [1913 Webster] Cruelty . . . argues not only a depravedness of nature, but also a meanness of… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 imbecility — (n.) early 15c., physical weakness, feebleness (of a body part), impotence, from M.Fr. imbécillité and directly from L. imbecillitatem (nom. imbecillitas) weakness, feebleness, from imbecillus weak, feeble, traditionally said to mean unsupported… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 3 imbecility — [im΄bə sil′ə tē] n. pl. imbecilities [Fr imbécillité < L imbecillitas] 1. the state of being an imbecile 2. behavior like that of an imbecile; great foolishness or stupidity 3. an imbecile act or remark …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 Imbecility — (Roget s Thesaurus) Folly. < N PARAG:Imbecility >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 want of intelligence want of intelligence &c. 498 want of intellect &c. 450 Sgm: N 1 shadowness shadowness silliness foolishness &c. >Adj. Sgm: N 1 imbecility… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 5 imbecility — imbecile ► NOUN informal ▪ a stupid person. ► ADJECTIVE ▪ stupid. DERIVATIVES imbecilic adjective imbecility noun (pl. imbecilities) . ORIGIN originally in the sense «physically weak»: from Latin imbecillus without a supporting staff …

    English terms dictionary

  • 6 imbecility — noun (plural ties) Date: circa 1533 1. the quality or state of being imbecile or an imbecile 2. a. utter foolishness; also futility b. something that is foolish or nonsensical …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 7 imbecility — /im beuh sil i tee/, n., pl. imbecilities. 1. Psychol. the state of being an imbecile. 2. an instance or point of weakness; feebleness; incapability. 3. stupidity; silliness; absurdity. 4. an instance of this. [1525 35; earlier imbecillity < L… …

    Universalium

  • 8 imbecility — noun a) The quality of being imbecile; weakness; feebleness, especially of mind. b) Something imbecilic; a stupid action, behaviour, etc …

    Wiktionary

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

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 10 imbecility — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) n. idiocy. See insanity. II (Roget s IV) n. 1. [Folly] Syn. foolishness, idiocy, silliness, absurdity; see stupidity 1 , 2 . 2. [Feeble mindedness] Syn. moronity, retardation, cretinism; see insanity 1 …

    English dictionary for students

  • 11 imbecility — im·be·cil·i·ty || ‚ɪmbɪ sɪlÉ™tɪ n. mentally handicapped condition (Psychology); stupidity, foolishness, silliness …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 12 imbecility — n. 1. Weakness, feebleness, debility, infirmity, helplessness. 2. Foolishness, childishness, idiocy, fatuity …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 13 imbecility — noun (U) 1 (C, U) very stupid behaviour or an action that is very stupid 2 the condition of being an imbecile …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 imbecility — n 1. feeble mindedness, mental defectiveness, mental retardation, incompetency, dullness, Psychiatry. amentia; feebleness, weakness, incapability, unfitness, ineptitude, disability. 2. silliness, absurdity, fatuity, foolishness, asininity,… …

    A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • 15 imbecility — im·be·cil·i·ty …

    English syllables

  • 16 imbecility — See: imbecile …

    English dictionary

  • 17 imbecility — im•be•cil•i•ty [[t]ˌɪm bəˈsɪl ɪ ti[/t]] n. pl. ties 1) psl the state of being an imbecile 2) stupidity; silliness 3) an instance of this • Etymology: 1525–35; < L …

    From formal English to slang

  • 18 imbecility — /ɪmbəˈsɪləti/ (say imbuh siluhtee) noun (plural imbecilities) 1. silliness or absurdity. 2. Psychiatry Obsolescent mental deficiency that is less than idiocy. 3. an instance of silliness or mental weakness …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 19 imbecility — See insanity …

    Black's law dictionary

  • 20 imbecility — See insanity …

    Black's law dictionary