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idiot

[′id·ē·ət]
(psychology)
A person afflicted with idiocy and requiring custodial or protective care.
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"Idiot Savant" continues the avant-garde director-playwright's ongoing exploration of such existential brain-teasers as the power of language, the mystery of free will and the disturbing nature of stupid jokes.
While acknowledging that the description "idiot savant" used by your reporter was taken from USA film Rain Man and its forthcoming New Theatre performance, you should be aware that the use of the word "idiot" has not been employed in diagnostic terms in the UK for 50 years since the 1959 Mental Health Act.
Can deficiency produce specific superiority: The challenge of the idiot savant. Exceptional Child, 31, 225-232.
His idiot savant could solve massive mathematical problems in his head but, oddly, he grew to like Tom Cruise who played his brother.
He will wind up winning an Emmy for playing an autistic idiot savant who stops World War III by breaking the Pakistani code.
A self-professed idiot savant, Phil amazed us daily with his unlimited knowledge of the industry.
She coins phrases hot-fresh from the mint, seldom repeating herself; she babbles magic words like an idiot-child or poet." Martha wasn't all that pleased with the phrase "idiot-child"; I had, of course, meant "idiot savant." Still, the impact of my first immersion in Graham (I saw about eighteen performances during that three-week season) was remarkable.
New Brunswick native John Mac Master, on the other hand, offered a great, bewildered bear of a Grimes, a kind of idiot savant ostracized less for his brutishness than for his disquieting, alienating visions.
Promoted as an "untaught child prodigy" or "idiot savant," be was offered up to local "experts" for testing, and reports of his eccentricities often overshadowed accounts of his prodigious talents.
An investigation of calendar calculating by an idiot savant. American Journal of Psychiatry, 132, 557-560.
Gascoigne as Rain Man, idiot savant, could have been forgiven for first unleashing his imitation of an Orange flautist in 1995 because he genuinely didn't know any better.