[ UK /ɪmbɪsˈɪlɪti/ ]
  1. a stupid mistake
  2. retardation more severe than a moron but not as severe as an idiot
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How To Use imbecility In A Sentence

  • All, therefore, that happened amiss, in the course even of domestic affairs, was attributed to the government; and as it always happens in this kind of officious universal interference, what began in odious power ended always, I may say without an exception, in contemptible imbecility. The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. 05 (of 12)
  • There's enough manic imbecility, though, to maintain the film's screwball tone.
  • The kind of coyness which she had displayed had been the very infatuation of feminine imbecility. Ayala's Angel
  • He is for some time a raving maniac, and then falls into a state of gay and compassionable imbecility, which is described with inimitable beauty in the close of this story.” Crabbe
  • The muscles of the spiritual athlete pant for such exertion; and without it, they would dwindle into trepid imbecility. Probabilities : An aid to Faith
  • In fact, except Oliver Cromwell, King William, a few gentlemen who had the misfortune to be executed or exiled for high treason, and every dissenting minister that he has or can find occasion to notice, there are hardly any persons mentioned who are not stigmatized as knaves or fools, differing only in degrees of "turpitude" and "imbecility". Famous Reviews
  • A compound of imbecility and baseness, yet an object of commiseration: an unmanly, blubbering, lovesick, querulous creature; a soldier, whining, piping and besprent with tears, destitute of any good quality to gain esteem, or any brilliant trait or interesting circumstance to relieve an actor under the weight of representing him. The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor, Vol. I, No. 4, April 1810
  • In his consequential verdancy, his aristocratic boobyism, and his lack-brain originality, this pithless hereditary squireling is quite inimitable and irresistible; -- a tall though slender specimen of most effective imbecility, whose manners and character must needs all be from within, because he lacks force of nature to shape or dress himself by any model. Shakespeare: His Life, Art, And Characters, Volume I. With An Historical Sketch Of The Origin And Growth Of The Drama In England
  • Even in that phrase the Emperor betrayed the fact that his rescript was the outcome, not of his convictions, but of his imbecility. Gathering Clouds: A Tale of the Days of St. Chrysostom
  • Dinmont regarded Brown's tenderness to a "brock" -- as a proof of incredible imbecility, or, rather, of want of proper antipathy to vermin. Alexander Pope English Men of Letters Series
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