Definition of idiocy in English:

idiocy

noun

mass noun
  • Extremely stupid behaviour.

    ‘the idiocy of decimating yew forests’
    count noun ‘every aspect of public administration throws up its own idiocies’
    • ‘Like his previous idiocy it is the sort of political trick that looks clever for 10 minutes.’
    • ‘Rolling her eyes and shaking her head at her own idiocy, her thoughts returned to the subject.’
    • ‘Fortunately, for once I don't seem to be the only one convinced of his idiocy - most of his backbenchers are too.’
    • ‘Yes, I recently put myself in a possibly vulnerable position and got the backlash of my idiocy.’
    • ‘Apparently it's better to be in favour of marriage than to be against outrageous idiocy.’
    • ‘Moore is also adept at letting assorted crazies expose their idiocy on camera.’
    • ‘I'll admit to the thrill of scoring what I consider a direct hit against some fashionable idiocy.’
    • ‘It's idiotic, but idiocy in the defence of freedom is no vice.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Now, there is no idiocy on the left, except the worship of Stalin, that is not mirrored on the right.’
    • ‘Indeed through all the mayhem and idiocy, Blue prove perfectly captivating.’
    • ‘And, in the face of such unfeeling, unthinking idiocy, how can old Britons remain hopeful?’
    • ‘Crazy wisdom versus sane idiocy is a recurring tendency in modern American poetry.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The duo display a likable rapport and a healthy sense of irony, and their show is punctuated by flashes of invigorating idiocy.’
    • ‘Is there any point in the usual method of the blogger - dealing point by point with such idiocy and delusion?’
    • ‘Socialism is obviously superior to that classical liberal idiocy, so quit the whingeing.’
    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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Origin

Early 16th century (originally denoting low intelligence): from idiot, probably on the pattern of pairs such as lunatic, lunacy.

Pronunciation

idiocy

/ˈɪdɪəsi/