See also: imbécile
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɪmbəˈsiːl/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɪmbəsɪl/, /ˈɪmbəsəl/
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imbecile (plural imbeciles)
- (obsolete) A person with limited mental capacity who can perform tasks and think only like a young child, in medical circles meaning a person who lacks the capacity to develop beyond the mental age of a normal five- to seven-year-old child.
- (derogatory) A fool, an idiot.
- See also Thesaurus:idiot
person with limited mental capacity
- (dated) Destitute of strength, whether of body or mind; feeble; impotent; especially, mentally weak.
- hospitals for the imbecile and insane
- 1899 April, Joseph Conrad, “The Heart of Darkness”, in Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, volume CLXV, number MII, New York, N.Y.: The Leonard Scott Publishing Company, […], →OCLC, part III (Conclusion), page 647:
- And then that imbecile crowd down on the deck started their little fun, and I could see nothing more for smoke.