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idiocy

[id-ee-uh-see] /ˈɪd i ə si/
noun, plural idiocies.
1.
utterly senseless or foolish behavior; a stupid or foolish act, statement, etc.:
All this talk of zombies coming to attack us is pure idiocy.
2.
Psychology. (no longer in technical use; considered offensive) the state of being an idiot.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; idio(t) + -cy; compare Greek idiōteía uncouthness
Synonyms
1. foolishness, inanity, folly.
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Examples from the web for idiocy
  • Part of being a professor is fighting against the idiocy that surrounds us every day.
  • In fact, both ideologies are flawed to the point of single-minded idiocy.
  • Why you do not understand this is a testament your idiocy.
  • There may be a touch of validity to the frustrating helplessness of the couple faced by all of this murderous idiocy.
  • But good systems are designed for idiots and help idiots be successful despite their idiocy.
  • But others view a doctor's willingness to film his work as a sign of idiocy.
  • It's a sure sign of dangerous authoritarian idiocy at the core.
  • It is not complicated no matter how many times your repeat your idiocy.
  • But there is a limit to how much charm, and how many laughs, he can wring out of deadpan idiocy.
  • And choosing to turn your back on its wonders is the height of idiocy.
British Dictionary definitions for idiocy

idiocy

/ˈɪdɪəsɪ/
noun (pl) -cies
1.
(not in technical usage) severe mental retardation
2.
foolishness or senselessness; stupidity
3.
a foolish act or remark
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Word Origin and History for idiocy
n.

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

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idiocy in Medicine

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

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