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lack of intellectual development; imbecility; severe mental retardation.
Historical Examples

amentia shows itself negatively and passively; dementia, positively and energetically.
Dderlein’s Hand-book of Latin Synonymes Ludwig Dderlein

severe mental deficiency, usually congenital Compare dementia

“mental deficiency,” late 14c., from Latin amentia “madness,” from amentem “mad,” from a- “away from” + mentem “mind” (see mind (n.)).

amentia a·men·tia (ā-měn’shə, -shē-ə, ə-měn’-)
Insufficient mental development or functioning.


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