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Ídiot. n.s. [idiote, Fr. idiota, Latin; ἰδιώτης.] A fool; a natural; a changeling; one without the powers of reason.

                    Life is a tale,
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.
Shakespeare's Macbeth.

What else doth he herein, than by a kind of circumlocution tell his humble suppliants that he holds them idiots, or base wretches, not able to get relief? Raleigh's Essays.

By idle boys and idiots vilify'd,
Who me and my calamities deride.
Sandys.

Many idiots will believe that they see what they only hear. Dennis.

Sources: Dennis, John (3) · Shakespeare's Macbeth (136) · Raleigh, Walter (68) · Sandys, George (23)

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