The Alternative Latvian Dictionary: debils

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debils etymology Ultimately a Borrowing from Latin dēbilis, via some other European language. pronunciation
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  1. moron, mentally retarded having impaired mental development debils bērns — mentally retarded child Itālijā skolotāja liek skolniekam rakstīt, ka viņš ir debils — in Italy a teacher made a schoolboy write that he was mentally retarded
  2. (colloquial, offensive) moronic, stupid, foolish Andris Kivičs nosauc Uldi Rudaku par debilu — Andris Kivičs called Uldis Rudaks a moron debils jautājumsstupid, moronic question tas ir vecs un debils stereotips — this is an old, stupid stereotype
In its colloquial uses, perhaps under the influence of the pronunciation of Russian деби́л 〈debíl〉, this term is often misspelled as debīls, with a long ī. Synonyms: idiotisks, imbecils

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