Imbecile is a pretty tough word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
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Below you will find the definition of imbecile, followed by 38 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(noun) - a person of subnormal intelligence
EXAMPLES - Imbecile in a Sentence
- The slobbering imbecile is just desperate for company. (source)
- "imbecile" (IQ of 26-50) and superior in two degrees to (source)
- Urban's final triumph over the "imbecile" was now assured. (source)
- Bella; the commonest, most easily gulled kind of imbecile! " (source)
- Lieberman: North Korea calling me an 'imbecile' is a compliment (source)
- The second objection is even more - may I use the word imbecile? (source)
- Rouget's property, struck also with the word "imbecile" applied to (source)
- "Well, for the biggest kind of imbecile, you are the finest specimen! (source)
- Well, this "imbecile" is going to call it a day -- see you all tomorrow. (source)
- These imbecile is in serious need of a few episodes of Bill Nye the Science Guy. (source)
- Holy CRAP, what kind of imbecile thought THAT made any kind of sense for cons to do? (source)
- "totalitarian capitalists" It takes a special kind of imbecile to put those two words together. (source)
- The real bad guys are our elected officials in Washington who redefine the term 'imbecile' daily. " (source)
- Evidently, it finally dawned on him that his old one read like "imbecile" with a "D" in front of it. (source)
- Folks, admit it, it takes a special, different kind of imbecile to do something that friggin 'stupid. (source)
- Of course, we can't save those people if some imbecile is in charge of the very effort to save those people. (source)
- "imbecile"; he ought to be impeached, and a new party, with Fremont as its leader, should be formed to prosecute the war. (source)
- Words that some considered appropriate at the time - "imbecile" or "feeble-minded" - can represent charged language today. (source)
- Later that month he reiterated the remark, saying that anyone who found it racist had no sense of humour and was an "imbecile". (source)
- Hadria thought that perhaps _she_ was the "imbecile"; it was a possibility to be counted with, but she dared not say so to the irate (source)
- It was once applied to people with an IQ of 51-70, being superior in one degree to "imbecile" (IQ of 26-50) and superior in two degrees to (source)
- A teabagger win for any office would be extremely damaging to this country, but this imbecile is willing to risk it to teach the Dems a lesson. (source)
- After having lunched with a lady whom I had called "imbecile," I went to call on another whom I had said was "ninny"; such is my ancient French gallantry. (source)
- It was once applied to people with an IQ of 51-70, being superior in one degree to "imbecile" (IQ of 26-50) and superior in two degrees to "idiot" (IQ of 0-25). (source)
- You apparently haven't read any other posts by "imbecile," or you'd know the answer to your question is that he had no sense of decency to lose in the first place. (source)
- An Italian scientist who accurately prophesized the earthquake in L'Aquila - and was branded an "imbecile" by the government - said Monday he is owed a big apology. (source)
- His sudden change from loving if not exciting boyfriend to selfish imbecile is too sudden and, given what his character actually goes through, almost understandable. (source)
- The imbecile is hopefully the face of the right for future elections for there is no better way to drive people in the other direction than to have Lipstick Fido show up. (source)
- When I have become an imbecile, which is not likely to happen yet, as I am a vegetarian and do not read your rag, it will be time enough for other people to lay claim to my work. (source)
- Comments, no matter how good or brilliant, that contain ad hominem attacks against a particular Pope calling him an "imbecile" or "idiot", for instance will not be approved for posting. (source)
- Ms. Proulx writes exceedingly well about her own family's dark history; she finds that words and phrases like "imbecile," "mulatto," "habitual intemperance" and "her mark" often appear in old documents. (source)
- His view was not generally accepted in the scientific community, and he was reported to the police for spreading alarm and denounced as an "imbecile" by Guido Bertolaso, the head of the civil protection agency. (source)
- In plain language these examples show that the writer is: calling entire nations "imbecile", "represent servility, docility and slavery better than any other ethnic group on earth", "rude, uncivil and barbaric masses", (source)
- Joan Laporta threatened the president of Extremadura and called him an "imbecile" during an enraged telephone call after being accused of using ... media and fans might be busy comparing the two title favourites, but nobody at (source)
- That leaves the question, as Singer rightly points out for the systems he does consider, of why "imbecile" humans, such as the permanently and catasrophically brain-damaged, are granted rights despite having less capacity than (say) dogs. (source)
- 'You will have to take on a mate or two in the polishing line,' said Jack to Killick, who was gazing round with a kind of imbecile rapture at the number of surfaces that he might now attack with powdered chalk and shammy leather: like many seamen he had a passion for making metal shine, and he had already reduced Jack's earliest silver plates to something not far removed from foil. (source)
- Chagrined as he was at what he termed his imbecile stupidity in not knowing his own heart all these past months, and convinced, as he also was, that Alice and Calderwell cared for each other, he could see no way for him but to play the part of a man of kindliness and honor, leaving a clear field for his preferred rival, and bringing no shadow of regret to mar the happiness of the girl he loved. (source)
- If the telescope is actually directed at a science-fiction movie on TV, if the experimenter is drunk, if the preprint server is hacked, or if one of these important people who transmit the data from the telescope to the theoretical physicist is an imbecile, which is often the case, the theoretical physicist will clearly be unable to make good predictions about the future observations extracted from the telescope. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 38 example sentences provided below is 50.0, which suggests that "imbecile" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 17 synonyms for imbecile.
asinine, backward, deranged, dim-witted, dull, fatuous, feeble-minded, idiotic, imbecilic, inane, ludicrous, moronic, simple, simple-minded, slow, thick, witless
We have 3 antonyms for imbecile.
brainy, intelligent, smart
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
Pronunciation: (ĭmˈbə-sĭl, -səl)
View up to 25 definitions of imbecile from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (noun) A stupid or silly person; a dolt.
- (noun) A person whose mental acumen is well below par.
- (noun) A person of moderate to severe mental retardation having a mental age of from three to seven years and generally being capable of some degree of communication and performance of simple tasks under supervision. The term belongs to a classification system no longer in use and is now considered offensive.
- (adjective) Stupid; silly.
- (adjective) Well below par in mental acumen.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) 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.
- (noun) A fool, an idiot.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Destitute of strength, whether of body or mind; feeble; impotent; esp., mentally wea; feeble-minded.
- (noun) One destitute of strength; esp., one of feeble mind; -- sometimes used as a pejorative term.
- (noun) A person with a degree of mental retardation between that of an idiot and a moron; in a former classification of mentally retarded person, it applied to a person with an adult mental age of from four to eith years, and an I.Q. of from 26 to 50.
- (verb-transitive) To weaken; to make imbecile.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Without physical strength; feeble; impotent; helpless.
- (None) Mentally feeble: fatuous; having the mental faculties undeveloped or greatly impaired. See imbecility.
- (None) Marked by mental feebleness or incapacity; indicating weakness of mind; inane; stupid: as, imbecile efforts; an imbecile speech.
- (None) Synonyms and Foolish, driveling, idiotic. See debility.
- (noun) One who is imbecile.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (noun) a person of subnormal intelligence
- (adjective) having a mental age of three to seven years