debils

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See also: dèbils

Latvian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Ultimately borrowed from Latin dēbilis (weak; lame), via some other European language.

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Adjective[edit]

debils (definite debilais, comparative debilāks, superlative visdebilākais, adverb debili)

  1. moron, mentally retarded (having impaired mental development)
    debils bērnsmentally retarded child
    Itālijā skolotāja liek skolniekam rakstīt, ka viņš ir debilsin Italy a teacher made a schoolboy write that he was mentally retarded
  2. (colloquial, offensive) moronic, stupid, foolish
    Andris Kivičs nosauc Uldi Rudaku par debiluAndris Kivičs called Uldis Rudaks a moron
    debils jautājumsstupid, moronic question
    tas ir vecs un debils stereotipsthis is an old, stupid stereotype

Usage notes[edit]

In its colloquial uses, perhaps under the influence of the pronunciation of Russian деби́л (debíl, moron), this term is often misspelled as debīls, with a long ī.

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