In English, many things are named after a particular country – but have you ever wondered what those things are called in those countries?
1informal(fool)imbécil feminine informal(remark/action) (before noun) estúpidoyou imbecile! — ¡imbécil!
- The people who have been telling you about all the rights you have are simply exercising one of theirs - the right to be imbeciles.
- The majority of new staff don't usually stay on for longer than a month, due to the fact that the place is run by an intolerable bunch of more-money-than-common-decency morons and imbeciles.
- I don't think I'd be able to lose sleep over you pathetic imbeciles if I tried.
- I find it extraordinary that our country is seemingly run by imbeciles (assuming I'm not breaking any laws by expressing this point of view).
- Five hundred years ago, the Law did not recognise the right of a female to inherit, and, except in the case of some Arab and Eastern cultures, attributed to women the same rights as that of children and imbeciles.
- Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on or by imbeciles who really mean it
- Or are you really raising a bunch of imbeciles in your house?
- Labelled aments (literally ‘without mind’), idiots or imbeciles, they were dealt with in the same way as those who had lost their reason, by incarceration in the new nineteenth-century lunatic asylums.
- Try ordering your chicken fingers now, imbeciles!
- No matter what you call the mentally deficient, that term will come to be an insult when applied to people of ordinary intellectual capacity, and not long after it will be seen as an insult to the true idiots, imbeciles, and so forth.
- Watching the sly but brilliant machinations of the programme - makers as they assembled their castaways, I was consumed with fury that these imbeciles were going to have the privilege of living on my island without appreciating it.
- I can hardly believe I share a country with these imbeciles.
- In the Eighteenth Century, imbeciles but not idiots could be executed for capital offenses.
- He even goes as far as to proclaim that we are foolish, imbeciles, insane and lunatics, if that what his term ‘idiocy’ translates as.
- We're doing this because bloggers provide a waste to the internet, an amassing of imbeciles who think they deserve to be heard, and think people actually care.
- The 1901 census revealed that more than 13,000 people were living in asylums, officially classed as lunatics or imbeciles.
- How am I ever going to learn to talk if I'm surrounded by imbeciles?
- Such people, said the out-of-sight narrator, were known variously as idiots, imbeciles or the feeble-minded, and lumped in together with the genuinely intellectually handicapped.
- Have we become a nation of obese imbeciles too sated with our diet of consumerism, television and self-indulgence to care who is pulling the strings at the top?
- What we resent is the deplorable, but democratic, success of junk culture and junk food, and of a political system which seems to be run by corrupt imbeciles.
2datedMedicineimbécil masculine dated offensive
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