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From Middle English from Old French idiote from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] idiota from Ancient Greek ἰδιώτης (idiotēs), “‘a private citizen, one who has no professional knowledge, layman’”) from ἴδιος (idios), “‘one's own, pertaining to oneself, private’”); ἰδιώτης was used derisively in ancient Athens to refer to one who declined to take part in public life.
- (pejorative) A common term for a person of low general intelligence.
- usage note This may be used pejoratively, as an insult. It is a weak insult, however, and between close friends, family members, or lovers, is often completely nonaggressive.
- (obsolete) A medical or psychological term meaning a person who lacks the capacity to develop beyond the mental age of a normal four-year-old.
- See also Wikisaurus:idiot
[[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:hr:Template:lang:la derivations]] idiōta, from Ancient Greek ἰδιώτης (idiṓtēs), “‘a private citizen, one who has no professional knowledge, layman’”).
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