Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. simple, unlearned.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as idiotic, 1.
  • Same as idiotic, 2.

Etymologies

idiotic +‎ -al (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Some idiotical quarrel which he had engaged in, and which he had not fought out, as their wisdom thought he should have done, was the principal cause of censure.

    Saint Ronan's Well

  • Think not we long remained blind to the idiotical folly of our founders, who forswore every delight of life for the pleasure of dying martyrs by hunger, by thirst, and by pestilence, and by the swords of savages, while they vainly strove to defend a barren desert, valuable only in the eyes of superstition.

    Ivanhoe

  • At length the figure which I had seen in the principal stall came forth and advanced towards the people; an awful figure he was, a huge old man with a sugar-loaf hat, with a sulphur-coloured dress, and holding a crook in his hand like that of a shepherd; and as he advanced the people fell on their knees, our poor old governor amongst them; the sweet young ladies, the sharking priests, the idiotical parson

    Lavengro

  • I thought they never looked so handsome before; and close by them were the sharking priests, and not far from them was that idiotical parson Platitude, winking and grinning, and occasionally lifting up his hands as if in ecstasy at what he saw and heard, so that he drew upon himself the notice of the congregation.

    Lavengro

  • I dare say you think it was very idiotical on my part, thus to bewail my grief to another person; and allow a few empty words to change the current of my feelings?

    She and I, Volume 2 A Love Story. A Life History.

  • Tired, jaded, and distressed by my day’s adventures, I retired into my own apartment, locked the door, and there, though surrounded by and master of every luxury that man can enjoy, I felt myself the most miserable of beings, detesting myself for my idiotical conduct in the present posture of my affairs, and full of evil forebodings for the future.

    The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan

  • But this I know, that if ever I am caught again on such idiotical errand as hunting for a young woman through the

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, No. 382, October 1847

  • I remember standing in the road leading to the Grantchester meadows arguing with Andrew about the right way to go home — idiotical subject — quite obvious which was the right way.

    Police at the Funeral

  • But still, the devil take the whole of this idiotical day and that equivocal reasoner -- the reporter

    Yama: the pit

  • Secondly, his desire for beauty isn't enough for this resplendent cavalier -- no, he must in addition be served with a similitude of love, so that from his caresses there should kindle in the woman this same 'fa-hire of in-sane pahass-ssion!' which is sung about In idiotical ballads.

    Yama: the pit

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