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[kreet-n or, esp. British, kret-n] /ˈkrit n or, esp. British, ˈkrɛt n/
a person suffering from cretinism.
a stupid, obtuse, or mentally defective person.
Origin of cretin
1770-80; < French; Franco-Provençal creitin, crestin human being, literally, Christian (hence one who is human despite deformities)
Related forms
cretinoid, adjective
cretinous, adjective
semicretin, noun Unabridged
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  • The people who should be horse-whipped are those who keep bending over backwards to give this cretin a platform.
  • Nothing out of ordinary, which means that you are a well, you are a cretin by your own definition.
  • What a arrogant worthless spew of vile ignorant claptrap this cretin has come up with.
British Dictionary definitions for cretin


(old-fashioned) a person afflicted with cretinism
(offensive) a person considered to be extremely stupid
Derived Forms
cretinoid, adjective
cretinous, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from French crétin, from Swiss French crestin, from Latin ChrīstiānusChristian, alluding to the humanity of such people, despite their handicaps
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Word Origin and History for cretin

1779, from French crétin (18c.), from Alpine dialect crestin, "a dwarfed and deformed idiot" of a type formerly found in families in the Alpine lands, a condition caused by a congenital deficiency of thyroid hormones, from Vulgar Latin *christianus "a Christian," a generic term for "anyone," but often with a sense of "poor fellow." Related: Cretinism (1801).

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cretin in Medicine

cretin cre·tin (krēt'n)
A person afflicted with cretinism.

cre'tin·oid' (-oid') adj.
cre'tin·ous (-əs) adj.
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