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babbling idiot

A person who talks excessively without making sense or saying anything of importance, sarcastically and derogatorily likened to someone with a mental deficiency. Maurice just rattled on and on like a babbling idiot last night about his schemes to get rich. I must have sounded like a babbling idiot from the way I talked about the new house.
See also: idiot

the idiot box

slang A television set, or television in general. We need to start encouraging our children to play outside, instead of just spending hours in front of the idiot box. It saddens me that people would rather watch the idiot box than explore the world around them.
See also: box, idiot

idiot light

slang A warning light on the dashboard of an automobile meant to alert the driver to a potential problem, such as engine trouble, low fuel, overheating, etc. See? You ignore the idiot light, and the car ends up breaking down in the middle of nowhere.
See also: idiot, light

idiot gloves

Mittens or gloves that are attached to one's sleeves by a length of yarn or string so as to prevent their being lost. I always hated the idiot gloves my mom made me wear when I was a kid. They made me feel like such a dope!
See also: glove, idiot

idiot mittens

Mittens or gloves that are attached to one's sleeves by a length of yarn or string so as to prevent their being lost. I always hated the idiot mittens my mom made me wear when I was a kid. They made me feel like such a dope!
See also: idiot, mitten

take (one) for a fool

To presume or believe that one is very stupid or foolish. I'd advise you not to take her for a fool. She may play dumb, but she's very crafty.
See also: fool, take

take (one) for an idiot

To presume or believe that one is very stupid or foolish. I'd advise you not to take her for an idiot. She may play dumb, but she's very crafty. Do you take me for an idiot? There's no way I'm falling for that again.
See also: idiot, take

take (one) for dead

To mistakenly assume or believe that one is dead. The bandits took the woman for dead, but she survived and swore revenge against them all. I took the creature for dead, but it leaped up and bit me on the arm when I approached it.
See also: dead, take

take someone for an idiot and take someone for a fool

to assume that someone is stupid. I wouldn't do anything like that! Do you take me for an idiot? I don't take you for a fool. I think you're very clever.
See also: and, fool, idiot, take

idiot box

A television set, as in There they sit in front of the idiot box, hour after hour. This slangy and pejorative expression dates from about 1960.
See also: box, idiot

idiot box

n. a television set. You spend too much time watching the idiot box.
See also: box, idiot

idiot card

n. a large card that shows people on television what to say. The floor director held up an idiot card so I could read out the telephone number.
See also: card, idiot

idiot juice

and idiotic (ˈɪdiət dʒus and ɪdiˈɑdɪk)
n. a mixture of ground nutmeg and water. (Prisons.) Somehow a bunch of these guys got hold of some idiot juice.
See also: idiot, juice

idiot light

n. a light (instead of a meter) on a car’s dashboard that indicates the state of various things concerning the operation of the car. (Alludes to these lights’ elimination of the knowledge required to interpret a meter reading, making them suitable for idiots.) I don’t want idiot lights. I want meters!
See also: idiot, light

idiot oil

n. liquor; alcohol. She drinks too much of that idiot oil.
See also: idiot, oil

idiot pills

n. barbiturates. (Drugs.) Lay off those idiot pills, why don’t you?
See also: idiot, pill

blithering idiot

A senseless babbler. This term owes its origin to the Scots dialect verb to blether, meaning to talk nonsense, with blither being a variant spelling. Combining it with “idiot” began in the late 1800s. It appeared in the British humor magazine Punch in 1889: “I’ll state pretty clearly that his son is a blithering idiot.”
See also: idiot

idiot box

A television set. The term dates from about 1950 and obviously is a derogatory take on the medium of television. For example, “It’s a shame her kids have no supervision and just sit, hour after hour, in front of the idiot box.”
See also: box, idiot
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En relacion con esto Manfred Frank recuerda las raices historico-filosoficas del concepto de idiotez, que proviene de idiotes, que es, por un lado, lo individual opuesto a lo universal y, por el otro, la ignorancia (2).
But if the proper precedes the common, it is exclusive, idion, which gives idiotes, the person who is private/deprived: deprived of participation, outside the community.
In contrast, the population beyond the reach of the urban is comprised of idiotes, from the Greek root idios, meaning 'one's own, a private person', unlearned in the ways of the polis.
Our term idiot comes from the Latin idiota, an adaptation of the Greek idiotes, which means "private person.
While more commonly idiotes contrasts with polities (a person in his private station as opposed to a citizen in his public capacity), here idiotes contrasts with polis.
15) Early and late, angry withdrawal and fulminating misanthropy characterize the comedic idiotes - self-important, isolated, inflexible, anti-festive, and ridiculous.
Seguramente, una percepcion mas profunda del marco ideologico le hubiera conducido a Christ a comprender con un mayor calado que la fragilidad de la buena ciudadania se detecta tanto en un "inactivo" (apragmon) antidemocrata (8) como en un idiotes perteneciente a la masa del pueblo o de-mos (9).