What is another word for imbecilic?

Pronunciation: [ɪmbɪsˈɪlɪk] (IPA)

There are many synonyms for the word "imbecilic" that can be used to describe someone or something that is foolish, stupid, or lacking in intelligence. Some possible synonyms include dim-witted, brainless, foolish, senseless, naive, idiotic, moronic, and clueless. Each of these words has its own connotations and shades of meaning, but they all share a common sense of stupidity or lack of intelligence. Whether you are trying to describe a person, an idea, or a situation, using one of these synonyms can help you convey the sense of foolishness or lack of intelligence that you are trying to get across.

Synonyms for Imbecilic:

What are the hypernyms for Imbecilic?

A hypernym is a word with a broad meaning that encompasses more specific words called hyponyms.

What are the opposite words for imbecilic?

Imbecilic is used to describe something that is foolish, stupid, or lacking in intelligence. Antonyms for this word would therefore relate to intelligence, wisdom, or cleverness. Some antonyms for imbecilic could include smart, intelligent, astute, or shrewd. Other potential antonyms might include brilliant, wise, sage, or insightful. These words all convey the opposite sense of imbecilic, and suggest a level of mental acuity, or an ability to think deeply and critically, that is absent from the more negative term. By using antonyms, we can better express the complexity and nuance of our thoughts and ideas.

What are the antonyms for Imbecilic?

Usage examples for Imbecilic

"You know," Iversen said, "now that I hear one of you talk at length, I really can't blame Harkaway for his typically imbecilic mistake."
"Once a Greech"
Evelyn E. Smith
I doubt very much whether anything that happened in his first four years could have left a deep impression on the completely imbecilic mind he is assumed to have had then.
"The Short Life"
Francis Donovan
But a propos of the said Rochefort, have they been somewhat imbecilic?
"The George Sand-Gustave Flaubert Letters"
George Sand, Gustave Flaubert Translated by A.L. McKensie

Famous quotes with Imbecilic

  • The idea that we can just keep growing forever on a finite planet is totally imbecilic.... Julian Simon, a professor of junkmail marketing, and his kind, think technology will solve everything.... We can use up the Earth then we can just jump into spaceships and fly somewhere else.... Technology does nothing to solve problems of biodiversity or living space or arable cropland.... Fresh water and arable cropland are finite resources.... We are already far beyond what we can support sustainably.... The provincial view you get from someone living in some wealthy American East Coast city is wildly different from reality. Most of the world is tropical, hungry and poor. Visit the developing world and southern hemisphere and you get a very different view of reality.
    Paul R. Ehrlich
  • ...Carlo delivered what began as a panegyric and ended as an anathema....His brother...regarded by the stupid and the wicked as a sort of imbecilic weakness, an infantile inability to come to terms with the sophisticated world of affairs. Because he was just he was to be seen as a quixotic madman, because he was virtuous he was to be taken for a eunuch, because he was magnanimous he was to be gulled and derided.... ‘There are many here today in this great modern temple of the Lord who have come not out of the piety of friendship or respect but following sickening forms of hypocritical convention, and among these are some that are soiled, bemerded, stinking with wealth amassed unjustly, wealth made out of torture and murder and the exploitation of human frailty, a precarious wealth as insubstantial as fairy gold, demon gold rather, that will crumble into dust at the dawn of the recovery of sanity and virtue by a great nation temporarily demented, an angelic land to its immigrants that is now set upon by the devils of greed, stupidity and madness...’
    Anthony Burgess
  • The human foot is commonly subjected to grotesque tortures that deform it and make it rickety. In an imbecilic way it is doomed to corns, calluses, and bunions.
    Georges Bataille
  • When the war started in Abyssinia all Negro nationalists looked with hope to Haile Selassie. They spoke for him, they prayed for him, they sung for him, they did everything to hold up his hands, as Aaron did for Moses; but whilst the Negro peoples of the world were praying for the success of Abyssinia this little Emperor was undermining the fabric of his own kingdom by playing the fool with white men, having them advising him[,] having them telling him what to do, how to surrender, how to call off the successful thrusts of his [Race] against the Italian invaders. Yes, they were telling him how to prepare his flight, and like an imbecilic child he followed every advice and then ultimately ran away from his country to England, leaving his people to be massacred by the Italians, and leaving the serious white world to laugh at every Negro and repeat the charge and snare - "he is incompetent," "we told you so." Indeed Haile Selassie has proved the incompetence of the Negro for political authority, but thank God there are Negroes who realise that Haile Selassie did not represent the truest qualities of the Negro race. How could he, when he wanted to play white? How could he, when he surrounded himself with white influence? How could he, when in a modern world, and in a progressive civilization, he preferred a slave State of black men than a free democratic country where the black citizens could rise to the same opportunities as white citizens in their democracies?
    Marcus Garvey

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