Meaning of “cretin” in the English Dictionary

"cretin" in English

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cretinnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkret.ɪn/ us /ˈkriː.t̬ən/ offensive
cretinous
adjective uk /ˈkret.ɪ.nəs/ us /ˈkriː.t̬ən.əs/

Examples from literature

  • Documentation that has been obsessively dumbed down, to the point where only a cretin could bear to read it, is said to have succumbed to the 'drool-proof paper syndrome' or to have been 'written on drool-proof paper'. 
  • She began by assuming that she was not talking to idiots and cretins, but to men and women of mature minds—so she could speak as she thought in a forthright manner. 
  • These cretins are peculiarly a feeble-minded people. 

(Definition of “cretin” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)