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The term, ‘stupid’ usually refers to someone who is ‘lacking intelligence or common sense’. It is often used to describe people who don’t know something, or have done something that shows lack of common sense.
The term ‘idiot’ was originally used as a professional psychiatry term to indicate a level of severe intellectual disability. Some of the other terms used were moron and imbecile. However, over time these terms were adopted by the general public and abandoned by the professional psychiatric industry. In the common usage, the term is now used also in a manner quite similar to stupid.
While all three terms are quite similar in their usage, some might argue that they differ in their severity. This means one term indicate lacking more intelligence than the other. They often categorized as this: dumb > stupid > idiotic. Here, idiotic indicates more severity than dumb or stupid, whereas dumb is the least severe or rather mild.
Comparison between Stupid, Dumb and Idiot:
|Lacking intelligence or common senseDazed and unable to think clearly||Temporarily unable or unwilling to speakStupid||A stupid person.A person of low intelligence.|
Articles of Speech
From Latin stupidus (“struck senseless, amazed”), and from stupeō (“be amazed or confounded, be struck senseless”)
From Old English dumb (“silent, speechless, mute, unable to speak”)
From Ancient Greek ἰδιώτης (idiṓtēs, “a private citizen, one who has no professional knowledge, layman”)
|Lacking intelligenceDull, foolishPointless, irritating, or annoyingin a state of stupor; stupefied||Stupid||FoolishStupid|
|That was stupid of me.That party was so stupid.You scored a 25 on the test? You are so stupid.||That was a dumb thing to do.She was struck dumb by his reaction.I won through dumb luck.|
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|That guy is an idiot.That was an idiotic thing to do.|
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