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Imbecile definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

IM'BECILE, a. im'becil. [L. imbecillis.] Weak; feeble; destitute of strength, either of body or of mind; impotent.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

adj
1: having a mental age of three to seven years [syn: imbecile, imbecilic, idiotic] n
1: a person of subnormal intelligence [syn: idiot, imbecile, cretin, moron, changeling, half-wit, retard]

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: French imbécile, noun, from adjective, weak, weak-minded, from Latin imbecillus Date: 1802 1. usually offensive a person affected with moderate mental retardation 2. fool, idiotimbecile or imbecilic adjective

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. & adj. --n. 1 a person of abnormally weak intellect, esp. an adult with a mental age of about five. 2 colloq. a stupid person. --adj. mentally weak; stupid, idiotic. Derivatives: imbecilely adv. imbecilic adj. imbecility n. (pl. -ies). Etymology: F imbécil(l)e f. L imbecillus (as IN-(1), baculum stick) orig. in sense 'without supporting staff'

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Imbecile Im"be*cile, a. [L. imbecillis, and imbecillus; of unknown origin: cf. F. imb['e]cile.] Destitute of strength, whether of body or mind; feeble; impotent; esp., mentally wea; feeble-minded; as, hospitals for the imbecile and insane. Syn: Weak; feeble; feeble-minded; idiotic.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Imbecile Im"be*cile, n. One destitute of strength; esp., one of feeble mind.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Imbecile Im"be*cile, v. t. To weaken; to make imbecile; as, to imbecile men's courage. [Obs.] --Jer. Taylor.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(imbeciles) 1. If you call someone an imbecile, you are showing that you think they are stupid or have done something stupid. I don't want to deal with these imbeciles any longer. = idiot N-COUNT [disapproval] 2. Imbecile means stupid. It was an imbecile thing to do. ADJ: ADJ n

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. a. 1. Weak, feeble, infirm, helpless, decrepit. 2. Foolish, witless, drivelling, idiotic, fatuous. II. n. 1. Dotard, feeble person. 2. Idiot, natural, congenital imbecile.

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