Definition of Cretin

1. Noun. A person of subnormal intelligence.

Exact synonyms: Changeling, Half-wit, Idiot, Imbecile, Moron, Retard
Specialized synonyms: Mongoloid
Generic synonyms: Simple, Simpleton
Derivative terms: Cretinous, Idiotic, Imbecilic, Moronic, Retard

Definition of Cretin

1. n. One afflicted with cretinism.

Definition of Cretin

1. Noun. (pathology) A person who fails to develop mentally and physically due to a congenital hypothyroidism. ¹

2. Noun. (pejorative) An idiot. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Cretin

1. an idiot [n -S] - See also: idiot

Medical Definition of Cretin

1. An individual exhibiting cretinism. Origin: Fr. Cretin (05 Mar 2000)

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Literary usage of Cretin

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1. Lectures on diseases of children by Robert Hutchison (1906)
"In order to do a cretin real good, you have to catch him early, ... There is too great a tendency to label almost every mentally defective child a cretin. ..."

2. Transactions of the American Pediatric Society by American Pediatric Society (1896)
"The accompanying photograph is of a cretin, seven months pregnant. She was born in Eastern Massachusetts, of American cretin, THIRTY-EIGHT YEARS OF AGE, ..."

3. The Twentieth Century Biographical Dictionary of Notable Americans ...by John Howard Brown by John Howard Brown (1904)
"cretin CRESWELL, John Angel James, senator, was born in Port Deposit, Md., Nov. ... cretin, Joseph, RC bishop, was born in Montluel, department l'Ain, ..."

4. The Half-yearly Abstract of the Medical Sciences: Being a Digest of British edited by William Harcourt Ranking, Charles Bland Radcliffe, William Dommett Stone (1862)
"In some cases, indeed, a cretin may be apt in learning languages, music, or drawing. In the majority of cases M. ..."

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