Pronunciation: (id'ē-ut sa-vänt', su-vant', sav'unt; Fr. ē-dyō sa-vän'), [key]
—pl. id•i•ot sa•vants, Fr. id•i•ots sa•vantsPronunciation: (ē-dyō sa-vän'). [key] Psychiatry.
a mentally defective person with an exceptional skill or talent in a special field, as a highly developed ability to play music or to solve complex mathematical problems mentally at great speed.
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