idiot


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Idiot box “television set” is from 1959; idiot light “dashboard warning signal” is attested from 1968. Idiot savant attested by 1870.

n.

  1. A person of profound mental retardation having a mental age below three years and generally being unable to learn connected speech or guard against common dangers. The term belongs to a classification system no longer in use and is now considered offensive.

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