Something of the goître and cretin influence seems to settle on my spirits sometimes, on the lower ground.
On the Rigi his musings on the magnificence of the view are checked by the presence of a cretin.
It is very commonly accompanied by idiocy; and, in fact, the cretin is one of the most distressing objects that can be seen.
The Hindoo fakir bears about with him the burden of his vision, as the cretin his goître.
The cretin, whose eyes caught a glimpse of the cake, laughed, and began to try to reach out her hand to take it.
Only twelve kinds of a cretin would have gone on when faced with anything like this.
“It was rather a chouse to shoot a cretin, though,” said another, in chaff.
Of course, many people have goitre who are not cretins, but there is no cretin who has not goitre.
The male criminal in this respect resembles the epileptic, and especially the cretin, in whom grey hair is seldom seen.
Every crank's whim, every cretin's philosophy, is fired at him first of all.
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).
cretin cre·tin (krēt'n)
A person afflicted with cretinism.