Stupid vs Idiocy - What's the difference?

stupid | idiocy |


As nouns the difference between stupid and idiocy

is that stupid is a stupid person; a fool while idiocy is (psychology) the state or condition of being an idiot; the quality of having an intelligence level far below average; mental retardation.

As an adjective stupid

is lacking in intelligence or exhibiting the quality of having been done by someone lacking in intelligence.

As an adverb stupid

is (slang|dated) extremely.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

stupid

English

Adjective

(en-adj)
  • Lacking in intelligence or exhibiting the quality of having been done by someone lacking in intelligence.
  • Because it's a big stupid jellyfish!
  • To the point of stupor.
  • Neurobiology bores me stupid .
  • (archaic) Characterized by or in a state of stupor; paralysed.
  • * 1702 Alexander Pope, Sappho 128:
  • No sigh to rise, no tear had pow'r to flow, Fix'd in a stupid lethargy of woe.
  • (archaic) Lacking sensation; inanimate; destitute of consciousness; insensate.
  • * 1744 George Berkeley, Siris §190:
  • Were it not for [fire], the whole wou'd be one great stupid inanimate mass.
  • (slang) Amazing.
  • That dunk was stupid! His head was above the rim!
  • (slang) damn, annoying, darn
  • I fell over the stupid wire.

    Synonyms

    * dense, dumb, retarded, unintelligent * (especially in the Caribbean) stupidy * See also

    Derived terms

    * stupe * stupefy * stupid-ass * stupidity * stupidly * stupidness

    References

    *

    Adverb

    (en adverb)
  • (slang, dated) Extremely.
  • My gear is stupid fly.

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A stupid person; a fool.
  • * 1910 , , ‘The Strategist’, Reginald in Russia :
  • ‘You stupid !’ screamed the girls, ‘we've got to guess the word.’
  • * 1922 , Elizabeth G. Young, Homestead ranch
  • "What a stupid I am!" Harry exclaimed, as she watched the man ride away in the distance.
  • * 1996 , Anita Rau Badamim, Tamarind Mem
  • At least those stupids got their money's worth out of this country before they burnt their lungs out.
    1000 English basic words ----

    idiocy

    English

    Alternative forms

    * idiotcy

    Noun

    (idiocies)
  • (psychology) The state or condition of being an idiot; the quality of having an intelligence level far below average; mental retardation.
  • An act lacking intelligence or sense; an instance of senselessness; extremely foolish behaviour.
  • The administrators, growing tired of such idiocy , put a new policy in place.

    Synonyms

    * imbecility * stupidity

    References

    *