From autism + -istic or + -ic. First attested in 1913. The modern clinical sense is first used in 1943 by Leo Kanner.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɔːˈtɪs.tɪk/
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- Rhymes: -ɪstɪk
autistic (comparative more autistic, superlative most autistic)
- Having autism, or pertaining to autism.
- Synonym: on the spectrum
- (now derogatory, offensive, slang, and medically obsolete) Socially inept, self-absorbed, or stupid.
- (Internet slang, 4chan, offensive or self-deprecatory) Characterized by abnormal and unhealthy focus or persistence, and unhealthy hatred of opposition or criticism.
- imagine being this autistic over a fictional character
- (slang, derogatory, offensive) Lame, uncool, stupid.
having or pertaining to autism
autistic (plural autistics)
- A person who has autism.
- 2006, Alan Griswold, Autistic Symphony:
- If our definition of empathy were to require we take the human cognitive norm (overwhelmingly influenced by neurotypical cognition) as the absolute standard by which to measure empathy, then indeed we would have to conclude autistics do not instinctively possess a good sense of empathy.
- 2022, Matthew Bennett; Emma Goodall, Autism and COVID-19:
- After reading this book, medical professionals should be able to develop an understanding of some of the challenges that autistics are experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- idiot savant (potentially offensive)
person who has autism
Borrowed from French autistique.
autistic m or n (feminine singular autistică, masculine plural autistici, feminine and neuter plural autistice)
Declension of autistic