Definition of imbecile in English:

imbecile

Line breaks: im|be¦cile
Pronunciation: /ˈɪmbɪsiːl
 
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noun

informal

adjective

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Derivatives

imbecilic

Pronunciation: /-ˈsɪlɪk/
adjective
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  • It is a multi-million-dollar studio movie, but it is categorically, the stupidest, most inane, imbecilic movie I've ever seen.
  • It showed a puerile and imbecilic side of the internet that I've never encountered before - and hope never to again.
  • I was accused of being stiff, spoiled, pompous, upper crusted, bitter, angry, negative, imbecilic, and even crazy.

imbecility

Pronunciation: /-ˈsɪlɪti/
noun (plural imbecilities)
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  • There's enough manic imbecility, though, to maintain the film's screwball tone.
  • If you are going to employ men to build a wall, and if those men are to be treated simple as tools, it is imbecility to make such a design for your wall as depends upon your having masons who are artists.
  • But these are checked by dispiriting reflections on my melancholy temper and imbecility of mind.

Origin

mid 16th century (as an adjective in the sense 'physically weak'): via French from Latin imbecillus, literally 'without a supporting staff', from in- (expressing negation) + baculum 'stick, staff'. The current sense dates from the early 19th century.

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