imbecile NOUN informal a stupid person.
DERIVATIVES imbecilic adjective imbecility noun (pl. imbecilities) .
ORIGIN originally in the sense «physically weak»: from Latin imbecillus 'without a supporting staff' .

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  • imbecilic — index fatuous, obtuse, opaque Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • imbecilic — (adj.) 1875, from IMBECILE (Cf. imbecile) + IC (Cf. ic) …   Etymology dictionary

  • imbecilic — adj. imbecilic to + inf. (it was imbecilic to do that) * * * imbecilic to + inf. (it was imbecilic to do that) …   Combinatory dictionary

  • imbecilic — /im beuh sil ik/, adj. 1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of an imbecile. 2. contemptibly stupid, silly, or inappropriate: an imbecilic suggestion. [1915 20; IMBECILE + IC] Syn. 2. idiotic, stupid, asinine. * * * …   Universalium

  • imbecilic — adjective see imbecile …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • imbecilic — adjective like or as an imbecile; so senseless as to be laughable; absurd, foolish, harebrained, idiotic …   Wiktionary

  • imbecilic — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. imbecile, feeble minded, idiotic, asinine; see silly , stupid 1 . II (Roget s Thesaurus II) adjective So senseless as to be laughable: absurd, foolish, harebrained, idiotic, insane, lunatic, mad, moronic, nonsensical,… …   English dictionary for students

  • imbecilic — adj. of or pertaining to an imbecile (Psychology); dumb, foolish, silly, ridiculous …   English contemporary dictionary

  • imbecilic — im·be·cil·ic …   English syllables

  • imbecilic — See: imbecile …   English dictionary

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