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imbecility

[im-buh-sil-i-tee]
noun, plural imbecilities.
1.
an instance or point of weakness; feebleness; incapability.
2.
stupidity; silliness; absurdity.
3.
an instance of this.
4.
Psychology. (no longer in technical use; considered offensive) the state of being an imbecile.

Origin:
1525–35; earlier imbecillity < Latin imbēcillitās. See imbecile, -ity

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imbecility
1530s, "weakness, feebleness, impotence," from L. imbecillitatem (nom. imbecillitas) "weakness, feebleness," from imbecillus "weak, feeble," traditionally said to mean "unsupported" (quasi sine baculo), from in- "not" + baculum "a stick." "Weakness in mind" (as opposed to body) was a secondary sense
in Latin but was not attested in English until 1620s.
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