From French crétin (“cretin, idiot”), from crestin, an Alpine dialectal form of chrétien, from Vulgar Latin christiānus in the lost sense of “anyone in Christendom”, often with a sense of “poor fellow”. Doublet of Christian.
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈkɹɛtɪn/
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- (US) IPA(key): /ˈkɹiːtɪn/, /ˈkɹɛtɪn/
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- Homophone: Cretan (one pronunciation)
cretin (plural cretins)
- (pathology) A person who fails to develop mentally and physically due to a congenital hypothyroidism. [from 1779]
- (by extension, derogatory) An idiot.
- 1969, Irving Wallace, The Seven Minutes:
- When I challenged the symbolism, tried to make the professor consider the book as a piece of realism, he regarded me as if I were an absolute cretin. He got very supercilious and condescending […]
- See also Thesaurus:idiot
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cretin m (plural cretini)