mongoloid

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Noun[edit]

mongoloid (plural mongoloids)

  1. (anthropology) A member of the racial classification of humanity composed of peoples native to North Asia, East Asia, Pacific Oceania, and Greenland, as well as their diaspora in other parts of the world.
  2. (dated) Someone with Down syndrome.
  3. (offensive) Idiot, retard – general term of abuse, due to association with Down syndrome.

Usage notes[edit]

Due to associations with old racial (and racist) theories (as with Caucasoid, Negroid), and associations with Down syndrome, the term is often offensive.

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Derived terms[edit]

  • (idiot, retard): mong, mongo (British, chiefly Scottish)