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[id-ee-uh-see] /ˈɪd i ə si/
noun, plural idiocies.
utterly senseless or foolish behavior; a stupid or foolish act, statement, etc.:
All this talk of zombies coming to attack us is pure idiocy.
Psychology. (no longer in technical use; considered offensive) the state of being an idiot.
Origin of idiocy
1520-30; idio(t) + -cy; compare Greek idiōteía uncouthness
1. foolishness, inanity, folly. Unabridged
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  • Woolridge's artist had a wild humor that gave the show away by exaggerating the innocence and idiocy of Woolridge's victims.

    The Combined Maze May Sinclair
  • The late cultivation of idiocy by the American dude was unique.

    The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner Charles Dudley Warner
  • Please dont remind me of my idiocy again until Ive had time to pull up a notch, begged Tremaine.

    The Motor Boat Club in Florida H. Irving Hancock
  • And this infernal thing of Grant's has been encouraging me in idiocy.

  • Take care you do not fall into that idiocy if you wish to remain among the number of the living.

    Amphitryon Moliere
British Dictionary definitions for idiocy


noun (pl) -cies
(not in technical usage) severe mental retardation
foolishness or senselessness; stupidity
a foolish act or remark
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Word Origin and History for idiocy

1520s, from idiot on model of prophecy, etc. Early alternatives included idiotacy (1580s), idiotry (1590s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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idiocy in Medicine

idiocy id·i·o·cy (ĭd'ē-ə-sē)
The state or condition of being an idiot; profound mental retardation.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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