What does idiocy mean?

Definitions for idiocy
ˈɪd i ə siid·io·cy

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. idiocy, amentianoun

    extreme mental retardation


  1. idiocynoun

    The state or condition of being an idiot; the quality of having an intelligence level far below average; mental retardation.

  2. idiocynoun

    An act lacking intelligence or sense; an instance of senselessness; extremely foolish behaviour.

    The administrators, growing tired of such idiocy, put a new policy in place.

  3. Etymology: Could be from ἰδιωτεία, or perhaps simply from idiot + -cy.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Idiocynoun

    Want of understanding.

    Etymology: ἰδιωτία.

    I stand not upon their idiocy in thinking that horses did eat their bits. Francis Bacon, Holy War.


  1. idiocy

    Idiocy is a term generally used to refer to extreme foolishness or unwise behavior. It can also refer to the state or quality of being idiotic. In older psychological terminology, it was used to refer to a specific state of intellectual or cognitive disability. However, this latter usage is outdated and considered offensive today.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Idiocynoun

    the condition or quality of being an idiot; absence, or marked deficiency, of sense and intelligence

  2. Etymology: [From idiot; cf. Gr. uncouthness, lack of education, fr. . See Idiot, and cf. Idiotcy.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Idiocy

    See Idiot.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of idiocy in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of idiocy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of idiocy in a Sentence

  1. George Bernard Shaw:

    Patriotism is a pernicious, psychopathic form of idiocy.

  2. Ralph Norman:

    The PPP helped people remain employed while the government literally shut down much of the economy. Only an intellectual clown would compare that to what Biden is doing now, there is absolutely no defense for taking someone’s student loans and forcing that debt upon other people. It’s immoral and illegal, and it takes a special kind of idiocy to equate that to the PPP.

  3. Peggy Noonan:

    His audience laughed uncertainly, you could tell they didn’t want to get caught laughing at the wrong thing and weren’t certain what the wrong thing was. Normally they’re asked to laugh at right-wing idiocy, which is never in short supply.

  4. Jorge Wagensberg:

    Evil is a form of idiocy. Kindness is a form of intelligence.

  5. Sir Winston Churchill:

    To be conservative at 20 is heartless and to be a liberal at 60 is plain idiocy.

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