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Idiots and imbeciles were permitted to go clotheless and homeless.

Idiots, with blear eyes and protending under-lips, gibbered and whined.

Idiots, insane, criminals and non-taxpayers excluded from voting.

Idiots, Indians, and persons convicted of crime excluded from voting.

Idiots, as a rule, are deformed in body as well as deficient in mind.

Idiots that they were, they thought the sight of me had frightened you and made you faint.

Idiots are found with practically zero ability in rote memory.

Idiots and epileptics have been produced as a result of one parent being intoxicated when fecundation took place.

Idiots blush seldom, blind people and hereditary albinos, a great deal.

The Idiots is such an obviously derivative piece of work that it is impossible for me to say anything about it here.

WORD ORIGIN

early 14c., "person so mentally deficient as to be incapable of ordinary reasoning;" also in Middle English "simple man, uneducated person, layman" (late 14c.), from Old French idiote "uneducated or ignorant person" (12c.), from Latin idiota "ordinary person, layman; outsider," in Late Latin "uneducated or ignorant person," from Greek idiotes "layman, person lacking professional skill" (opposed to writer, soldier, skilled workman), literally "private person (as opposed to one taking part in public affairs)," used patronizingly for "ignorant person," from idios "one's own" (see idiom).

Idiot box "television set" is from 1959; idiot light "dashboard warning signal" is attested from 1968. Idiot savant attested by 1870.

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