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Definition of cretin noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

cretin

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈkretɪn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkriːtn//
 
(informal, offensive) Stupid
 
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a very stupid person Why did you do that, you cretin? See related entries: Stupid Word Origin late 18th cent.: from French crétin, from Swiss French crestin ‘Christian’ (from Latin Christianus), here used to mean ‘human being’, apparently as a reminder that, though deformed, cretins were human and not beasts.
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