SIMPLETON – A person who is felt to be deficient in judgment, good sense, or intelligence; a fool. The instructions were so complicated that Monroe felt like she was a complete simpleton. This is one of many words — such as moron, dummy, and dimwit — that insult a person’s intelligence. A simpleton is the opposite of a genius. However, the word simple implies more than lack of intelligence; it suggests being innocent or naive too. So a simpleton could be considered a hillbilly or yokel as well as a dullard or dunce. Eric’s silly antics at office parties have earned him a reputation as a simpleton. Being a foolish simpleton, it was not unusual for the elderly man to believe everything he saw on television.]]>

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