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See also: imbecil and imbècil

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EtymologyEdit

From Latin imbēcillis, from in- (no) + baculus (walking stick, staff), in the sense of “weak, vulnerable”.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

imbécil (plural imbéciles)

  1. (offensive) dumb, having the properties of an imbecile

NounEdit

imbécil m, f (plural imbéciles)

  1. (offensive) moron, imbecile

Usage notesEdit

  • Although in some contexts sonso, bobo, tonto, menso, tarado, idiota, imbécil, estúpido and pendejo may be synonyms, in most contexts have a different degree, having sonso the mildest connotation, increasing its intensity in that rough order, to estúpido and pendejo, which have the most offensive sense.