Definition of idiocy in English:



  • [mass noun] Extremely stupid behaviour.

    ‘the idiocy of decimating yew forests’
    [count noun] ‘every aspect of public administration throws up its own idiocies’
    • ‘That sentence is worth reading a couple of times, if only to savour its breathtaking idiocy and vacuity.’
    • ‘Actually, I've found situations like this are an almost perfect barometer of idiocy.’
    • ‘Yes, I recently put myself in a possibly vulnerable position and got the backlash of my idiocy.’
    • ‘The duo display a likable rapport and a healthy sense of irony, and their show is punctuated by flashes of invigorating idiocy.’
    • ‘There can only be a handful of people in the land that would find that sort of idiocy impressive - but trust Hari to know every one of them.’
    • ‘I'll admit to the thrill of scoring what I consider a direct hit against some fashionable idiocy.’
    • ‘Fortunately, for once I don't seem to be the only one convinced of his idiocy - most of his backbenchers are too.’
    • ‘Rolling her eyes and shaking her head at her own idiocy, her thoughts returned to the subject.’
    • ‘Like his previous idiocy it is the sort of political trick that looks clever for 10 minutes.’
    • ‘Is there any point in the usual method of the blogger - dealing point by point with such idiocy and delusion?’
    • ‘Moore is also adept at letting assorted crazies expose their idiocy on camera.’
    • ‘It's idiotic, but idiocy in the defence of freedom is no vice.’
    • ‘At the end, though, sectarian idiocy gave way to mass jubilation.’
    • ‘That would seem to be either the highest levels of idiocy, or the deepest level of conspiracy.’
    • ‘Socialism is obviously superior to that classical liberal idiocy, so quit the whingeing.’
    • ‘Now, there is no idiocy on the left, except the worship of Stalin, that is not mirrored on the right.’
    • ‘And, in the face of such unfeeling, unthinking idiocy, how can old Britons remain hopeful?’
    • ‘Indeed through all the mayhem and idiocy, Blue prove perfectly captivating.’
    • ‘Crazy wisdom versus sane idiocy is a recurring tendency in modern American poetry.’
    • ‘Apparently it's better to be in favour of marriage than to be against outrageous idiocy.’
    stupidity, folly, foolishness, foolhardiness, madness, insanity, lunacy, silliness, brainlessness, thoughtlessness, senselessness, lack of sense, indiscretion, irresponsibility, injudiciousness, imprudence, rashness, recklessness, ineptitude, inaneness, inanity, irrationality, illogicality, absurdity, nonsense, ludicrousness, ridiculousness, fatuousness, fatuity, asininity, pointlessness, meaninglessness, futility, fruitlessness
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Early 16th century (originally denoting low intelligence): from idiot, probably on the pattern of pairs such as lunatic, lunacy.