moron

moron

[mawr-on, mohr-]
noun
1.
Informal. a person who is notably stupid or lacking in good judgment: I wonder why they elected that narrow-minded moron to Congress.
2.
Psychology. (no longer in technical use; now considered offensive) a person of borderline intelligence in a former and discarded classification of mental retardation, having an intelligence quotient of 50 to 69.

Origin:
1905–10, Americanism; < Greek mōrón, neuter of mōrós foolish, dull

moronic [muh-ron-ik] , adjective
moronically, adverb
moronism, moronity [muh-ron-i-tee] , noun
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Morón

[maw-rohn; Spanish maw-rawn]
noun
a city in E Argentina, SW of Buenos Aires.
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moron (ˈmɔːrɒn)
 
n
1.  a foolish or stupid person
2.  a person having an intelligence quotient of between 50 and 70, able to work under supervision
 
[C20: from Greek mōros foolish]
 
moronic
 
adj
 
mo'ronically
 
adv
 
'moronism
 
n
 
mo'ronity
 
n

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moron
1910, from Gk. (Attic) moron, neut. of moros "foolish, dull" (probably cognate with Skt. murah "idiotic;" L. morus "foolish" is a loan-word from Gk.). Adopted by the American Association for the Study of the Feeble-minded with a technical definition "adult with a mental age between 8 and 12;" used as
an insult since 1922 and subsequently dropped from technical use. Linnæus had introduced morisis "idiocy."
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moron mo·ron (môr'ŏn')
n.
A person of mild mental retardation having a mental age of from 7 to 12 years and generally having communication and social skills enabling some degree of academic or vocational education. The term belongs to a classification system no longer in use and is now considered offensive.


mo·ron'ic (mə-rŏn'ĭk, mô-) adj.
mo'ron'ism or mo·ron'i·ty (mə-rŏn'ĭ-tē, mô-) n.
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