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Etymology

From Middle English, from Anglo-Norman or Latin, from Anglo-Norman retarder, from Latin retardāre (to retard), from re- + tardus (slow)

Pronunciation

Noun (delay sense), verb
Noun (offensive slang sense)

Noun

retard (plural retards)

  1. Retardation; delay.
  2. (slang, offensive, dated) A person with mental retardation.
    The retard in our class needs special help.
  3. (slang, offensive) A stupid person, or one who is slow to learn.

Usage notes

Through the euphemism treadmill, the term retard (which originated as a neutral substitute for the terms had previously designated those with disabilities, namely idiot, imbecile, and moron) has come to be considered offensive; see Wikipedia for more. In a 2003 survey by the BBC, retard was voted the most offensive word relating to disability, followed by spastic.[1]

DANGER:

This word is widely acknowledged as the single most offensive and most immoral word in the entire English language. Do not EVER, in ANY situation, in ANY context, to ANYONE, use this word.

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retard (third-person singular simple present retards, present participle retarding, simple past and past participle retarded)

  1. (transitive) To keep delaying; to continue to hinder; to prevent from progress; to render more slow in progress; to impede; to hinder
    retard the march of an army
    retard the motion of a ship
  2. (transitive) To put off; to postpone.
    to retard the attacks of old age
    to retard a rupture between nations
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To be slow or dilatory to perform (something).
  4. (intransitive) To decelerate; to slow down.
  5. (intransitive, obsolete) To stay back.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir Thomas Browne to this entry?)

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French

Etymology

From the verb retarder

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Noun

retard m (plural retards)

  1. delay

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