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English Dictionary: idiot by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. a person of subnormal intelligence [syn: idiot, imbecile, cretin, moron, changeling, half-wit, retard]
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Idiot \Id"i*ot\, n. [F. idiot, L. idiota an uneducated,
      ignorant, ill-informed person, Gr. [?], also and orig., a
      private person, not holding public office, fr. [?] proper,
      peculiar. See {Idiom}.]
      1. A man in private station, as distinguished from one
            holding a public office. [Obs.]
                     St. Austin affirmed that the plain places of
                     Scripture are sufficient to all laics, and all
                     idiots or private persons.                  --Jer. Taylor.
      2. An unlearned, ignorant, or simple person, as distinguished
            from the educated; an ignoramus. [Obs.]
                     Christ was received of idiots, of the vulgar people,
                     and of the simpler sort, while he was rejected,
                     despised, and persecuted even to death by the high
                     priests, lawyers, scribes, doctors, and rabbis. --C.
      3. A human being destitute of the ordinary intellectual
            powers, whether congenital, developmental, or accidental;
            commonly, a person without understanding from birth; a
            natural fool; a natural; an innocent.
                     Life . . . is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound
                     and fury, Signifying nothing.            --Shak.
      4. A fool; a simpleton; -- a term of reproach.
                     Weenest thou make an idiot of our dame? --Chaucer.
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