idiot-savant

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

French, meaning "learned/scholarly idiot".

Noun[edit]

idiot-savant (plural idiots-savants)

  1. A mentally challenged person who is very gifted in one area of activity, e.g. playing the piano, or mental arithmetic. This condition is associated with autism.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The more current term is savant.
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