idiot


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idiot

[′id·ē·ət]
(psychology)
A person afflicted with idiocy and requiring custodial or protective care.
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First, he spoke freely of his intention to start shortly for Liverpool and take ship for America; a resolution which cost his good mother some pain, for, after Jacob the idiot, there was not one of her sons to whom her heart clung more than to her youngest-born, David.
That boy would have blown his brains out, I believe, if some meddling idiot hadn't found him all that money at the last moment.
Wilfred Bohun stood rooted to the spot long enough to see the idiot go out into the sunshine, and even to see his dissolute brother hail him with a sort of avuncular jocularity.
Neglected, slighted for a country girl, for an idiot.
And Charles clenched his fist and cried, "The idiot, the idiot, the little fool
But Maud said, "Tut, tut," in gentle reproval, and then asked why I was a blithering idiot.
Cast myself on the mercy of my runaway idiot of a husband who had raised the scandal against me?
Who would not rather see a poor idiot happy in the sunlight, than a wise man pining in a darkened jail!
She went on, however, and thought with some comfort that gypsies most likely knew nothing about idiots, so there was no danger of their falling into the mistake of setting her down at the first glance as an idiot.
It was a quarter well stocked with deformed, leering, unkempt and uncombed idiots, who held out hands or caps and begged piteously.
A FOOLISH Fellow who had been told that he was a great man believed it, and got himself appointed a Commissioner to the Interasylum Exposition of Preserved Idiots.
In spite of all the pains I took to explain to all the shrewder heads of the little place the immense importance of being rid of the idiots, and in spite of the fact that I gave my services gratuitously to the sick people of the district, a shot was fired at me from the corner of a wood.