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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But he had yet to learn that it is a dreadful thing to make an idiot fond of you, when you yourself are not of an affectionate disposition: especially an idiot with a pitchfork-- obviously a difficult friend to shake off by rough usage.
But David, you perceive, had reckoned without his host, or, to speak more precisely, without his idiot brother--an item of so uncertain and fluctuating a character, that I doubt whether he would not have puzzled the astute heroes of M.
Even if David could have bribed Jacob with perpetual lozenges, an idiot's secrecy is itself betrayal.
In short, Barnaby being an idiot, and Grip a creature of mere brute instinct, it would be very hard to say what this gentleman was.
'He's an idiot, the woman says,' observed the gentleman, shaking his head; 'I don't believe it.'
His rage so blinded him that he had not even been able to detect that this "idiot," whom he was abusing to such an extent, was very far from being slow of comprehension, and had a way of taking in an impression, and afterwards giving it out again, which was very un-idiotic indeed.
"I think I ought to tell you, Gavrila Ardalionovitch," said the prince, suddenly, "that though I once was so ill that I really was little better than an idiot, yet now I am almost recovered, and that, therefore, it is not altogether pleasant to be called an idiot to my face.
No man but an idiot would pick up that little hammer if he could use a big hammer."
Then he continued, mastering his discomposure: "The words you said were, `No man but an idiot would pick up the small hammer.'"
You make me feel and seem a perfect idiot. Why, I'd rather you asked me anything that treated me like this."
"Children and idiots--I understand that," said Minora; "but women-- and classed with children and idiots?"
"Classed with children and idiots," repeated Irais, gravely nodding her head.