Definition of cretin in English:

cretin

Syllabification: cre·tin
Pronunciation: /ˈkrētn
 
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noun

  • 1 informal , • offensive A stupid person (used as a general term of abuse).
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    • Personally, I think it just shouts louder than any protest sign ever could that they are selfish, ignorant cretins.
    • I bet that those on the receiving end of such behaviour don't mind whether the villains are dubbed cretins or morons.
    • It's the work of a moral cretin and a political idiot.
  • 2 Medicine , • dated A person who is deformed and mentally handicapped because of congenital thyroid deficiency.
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    • This congenital hypothyroidism, unlike the neurological cretin, is amenable to treatment with thyroid hormones.

Derivatives

cretinism

Pronunciation: /-ˌizəm/
noun
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  • It is a kind of baroque apotheosis of geopolitical cretinism.
  • It is called cretinism and it is characterised by inaction.
  • There is a kind of infantilism, a kind of cultural cretinism, which has flourished in areas of Scotland.

cretinous

adjective
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  • Or maybe the cretinous slob is confusing criticism with genocide.
  • But the cretinous behaviour of the few can never take away from the happy and celebratory atmosphere engendered by the many.
  • Anonymous bloggers often allow cretinous behavior in their comments sections.

Origin

late 18th century: from French crétin, from Swiss French crestin 'Christian' (from Latin Christianus), here used to mean 'human being', apparently as a reminder that, though deformed, cretins were human and not beasts.

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