idiot savant

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A person with mental retardation who can perform at a high level in some restricted domain of intellectual functioning, such as memorizing vast bodies of information, musical or artistic performance, or calendar calculating—naming the day of the week for a specified date in the past or future. It is not unusual for an idiot savant to suffer from autistic disorder. Also called a savant. idiots savants pl. [From French idiot an idiot+savant wise or knowledgeable]

Subjects: Psychology.

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