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"Yes, sir," replied Toby, with a most provoking look of idiocy.

The features, save in this respect, had almost a look of idiocy.

The idea appeared to strike her as the very height of idiocy.

No, Mr Distin; but I call the beginning of this silly row a piece of idiocy.

Each feature was as eloquent of rascality as an ape's of idiocy.

Each feature is as eloquent of rascality as an ape's of idiocy.

The late cultivation of idiocy by the American dude was unique.

And this infernal thing of Grant's has been encouraging me in idiocy.

Who, then, prepared the soil for the seeds of this idiocy to take root?

It was the gleam of idiocy—that sinister sheen that cuts a man from his birthright.

WORD ORIGIN

1520s, from idiot on model of prophecy, etc. Early alternatives included idiotacy (1580s), idiotry (1590s).

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