217. Idiocy

See also 422. WISDOM .

the state or quality of being like a cow or ox, especially in the sense of being dull, stolid, and slow-witted. —bovine , adj.
Medicine. a congenital deficiency of thyroid secretion causing deformity and idiocy. —cretinoid, cretinous , adj.
1. the condition of an idiot, especially an extreme degree of mental deficiency, usually a mental age of less than three or four years; idiocy.
2. idiotic conduct or action, especially in a normal person. —idiotie , adj.
the condition of being slow or mentally deficiënt. —moronic , adj.
Rare. foolish talk or babble.

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