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idiot (old edd. also “ideot”): ‘licensed’ fool, professional jester John III. iii. 45 (fig.) “Making that , laughter, . . . strain their cheeks to idle merriment,” Troil. II. i. 58 “Mars his ,” Tit. V. i. 79 “An holds his bauble for a god,” Lucr. 1812 “esteemed so As silly-jeering i-s are with kings.” ∥ Also in the sense ‘blockhead, simpleton, fool’.
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