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imbecile

Psychol a person of very low intelligence (IQ of 25 to 50), usually capable only of guarding himself against danger and of performing simple mechanical tasks under supervision

imbecile

[′im·bə·səl]
(psychology)
A person of middle-grade mental deficiency; the individual's mental age is between 3 and 7 years.
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I had the misfortune of being asked to review this imbecilic flick.
The circumstances were as imbecilic as those of the DeVolpi incident and, for that matter, of the case called United States of America v.
This novella, loosely based, according to the author, on Todor Zhivkov's recent show trial in Bulgaria (Mircea Eliade described the Hungarians as "after the Bulgarians the most imbecilic people ever to have existed"), where that dictator received a seven-year sentence, is Julian Barnes's entry in a new group of works of fiction/nonfiction that have in common the notion of post-Curtain or postpartum or postnatal (birth of democracy) or postmortem (death of communism) or postnuptial (marriage of East and West) or any other term that describes the breakup of Stalin's "secret gardens," either in or out of the Soviet Union.
published 1879) A fragmentary play by Georg B uchner, about an imbecilic army private who murders his unfaithful common - law wife.
It is now Tisch who enters any room full of strangers with the certain knowledge that at least one of them is bound to grab him by the lapel and ask him why CBS sitcoms are so imbecilic.
After his rapid ejection from the I'm A Nonentity jungle, the reality hero has alerted a generation to the dangers of steroids by showing you can be loaded, successful, privileged and famous, but illicit substances can still leave you looking like an imbecilic twonk.
On the other hand, businessmen promoting such imbecilic circuses are raking it in
Putting its cardsharp hero through various escapades in Thailand that prove largely irrelevant to his mission to topple a gambling syndicate, the film shortchanges its starry cast with its shambolic plot and imbecilic gags.
He must have one great moneymaking idea - and if Sugar stands to make a few bob, it doesn't matter how imbecilic he is, he'll be there until the end.
But on another it is utterly depressing as, again, young women viewers are being offered up another imbecilic role model sending out the message that it is OK to be hopeless and helpless, that it is OK to remain childlike all your life - because either your mum and dad or some fella will look after you and do any thinking that's actually required along the way.
Since I took it that every rational Namibian must be fully aware of the suffering caused by accidents, it bowls me over every time (every day) when I witness the imbecilic behaviour of those sharing the road with me.
LIKE imbecilic passengers who blame the stewardesses for the late arrival of their flight, people who criticise the referee when he books a goalscorer for celebrating excessively are shooting at the wrong target.