A Word A Day : Imbecility

Friday, 14th September 2007 : Today's Word is ...


( Noun )

Pronunciation : im'be-sil'i-te

1. Great stupidity or foolishness

2. Something, such as conduct or an act, that is stupid or foolish

3. Psychology : The state or condition of being an imbecile, moderate or severe mental retardation

4. Foolish behavior

5. A kind of divine inspiration

6. Weakness of Mind


1. Absurdity

2. Folly

3. Foolery

4. Foolishness

5. Idiocy

6. Insanity

7. Lunacy

8. Madness

9. Nonsense

10. Preposterousness

11. Senselessness

12. Silliness

13. Tomfoolery

14. Zaniness


1. Ability

2. Stability

3. Steadfastness

4. Sanity

Contextual Examples:

• His utter failure in his business can be attributed to his imbecility.

Related Words:

1. Imbecilities : Noun - Plural

2. Imbecile: Adjective

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