Cretin



[kreet-n or, esp. British, kret-n] /ˈkrit n or, esp. British, ˈkrɛt n/

noun
1.
a person suffering from .
2.
a stupid, obtuse, or mentally defective person.
/ˈkrɛtɪn/
noun
1.
(old-fashioned) a person afflicted with cretinism
2.
(offensive) a person considered to be extremely stupid
n.

1779, from French crétin (18c.), from Alpine dialect crestin, “a dwarfed and deformed idiot” of a type formerly found in families in the Alpine lands, a condition caused by a congenital deficiency of thyroid hormones, from Vulgar Latin *christianus “a Christian,” a generic term for “anyone,” but often with a sense of “poor fellow.” Related: Cretinism (1801).

cretin cre·tin (krēt’n)
n.
A person afflicted with cretinism.
cre’tin·oid’ (-oid’) adj.
cre’tin·ous (-əs) adj.

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