moro-, mor-, -moria
(Greek: a feeble minded person; foolish; dull)
2. Dullness of mind; mental lethargy.
3. Another rarely used term for a mental state marked by frivolity, joviality, an inveterate tendency to jest, and inability to take anything seriously.
4. An abnormal tendency to joke, particularly inappropriately.
2. Informally, a "stupid" person; a dolt.
3. Someone who is considered to be notably stupid or lacking in good judgment.
4. In psychology, a person of borderline intelligence in a former classification of mental retardation, having an intelligence quotient of 50 to 69; feeble-minded.
The term belongs to a classification system no longer in use and is now considered offensive.
Though a psychological, clinical, and medical term, it is often used as a pejorative term against someone of low intelligence; or even, as just a general pejorative.
Most of those who are clinically classified as being morons are considered to be educable and do not require institutionalization but need some supervision in working at some simple job by which they can become "self-sustaining" members of society.
2. Disapproving; such as: "a moronic grin" or "She made some very monronic suggestions."
The term "mental retardation" has often replaced "moronic" and is now used in technical or scientific contexts. In North America, the broad term "developmental delay" has become an increasingly preferred synonym by many parents and caregivers.
2. Describing an activity which is lacking in intelligence or common sense.
2. A phrase in which a locution creates an incongruent and apparently self-contradictory effect, as in “to make haste slowly”: The two girls decided to make their language special by creating new oxymorons and using old well-known ones, too, as "scalding coolness " from Hemminway and "melancholy merriment" from Byron.
3. Etymology: from Greek, oxys, "keen, point, sharp" and moros, "foolish".
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2. A person in the second year of carrying out an endeavor.
3. Perhaps by the influence of folk etymology; from Greek sophos, "wise" + moros, "foolish, mentally dull".
2. Suggestive of or resembling a traditional intellectually pretentious, overconfident, conceited, and immature person: Hank often asks sophomoric questions in his history class.