Definition of idiocy in US English:

idiocy

nounPlural idiocies

  • Extremely stupid behavior.

    ‘the idiocy of decimating rainforests’
    ‘every aspect of public administration throws up its own idiocies’
    • ‘Rolling her eyes and shaking her head at her own idiocy, her thoughts returned to the subject.’
    • ‘I'll admit to the thrill of scoring what I consider a direct hit against some fashionable idiocy.’
    • ‘Crazy wisdom versus sane idiocy is a recurring tendency in modern American poetry.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Is there any point in the usual method of the blogger - dealing point by point with such idiocy and delusion?’
    • ‘That would seem to be either the highest levels of idiocy, or the deepest level of conspiracy.’
    • ‘It's idiotic, but idiocy in the defence of freedom is no vice.’
    • ‘Apparently it's better to be in favour of marriage than to be against outrageous idiocy.’
    • ‘And, in the face of such unfeeling, unthinking idiocy, how can old Britons remain hopeful?’
    • ‘Moore is also adept at letting assorted crazies expose their idiocy on camera.’
    • ‘At the end, though, sectarian idiocy gave way to mass jubilation.’
    • ‘Indeed through all the mayhem and idiocy, Blue prove perfectly captivating.’
    • ‘The duo display a likable rapport and a healthy sense of irony, and their show is punctuated by flashes of invigorating idiocy.’
    • ‘Socialism is obviously superior to that classical liberal idiocy, so quit the whingeing.’
    • ‘That sentence is worth reading a couple of times, if only to savour its breathtaking idiocy and vacuity.’
    • ‘Now, there is no idiocy on the left, except the worship of Stalin, that is not mirrored on the right.’
    • ‘Fortunately, for once I don't seem to be the only one convinced of his idiocy - most of his backbenchers are too.’
    • ‘Like his previous idiocy it is the sort of political trick that looks clever for 10 minutes.’
    • ‘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.’
    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

/ˈɪdiəsi//ˈidēəsē/