Instead of saying "You are more dim-witted than usual" could I say "You are more stupid than usual"?

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    Please tell us the results of your dictionary search.
    – James K
    Mar 21, 2020 at 9:05
  • I red this in a book
    – coolguy
    Mar 21, 2020 at 9:22
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    @coolguy - was this before you blue up a balloon? Mar 21, 2020 at 9:29
  • I think "dim-witted" is rather old-fashioned.
    – anouk
    Mar 21, 2020 at 11:11
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    @anouk - a little old-fashioned, but not howlingly so. Also it isn't very inclusive or respectful of diversity to use epithets like 'dim-witted', 'stupid', 'idiotic', etc. Mar 21, 2020 at 12:48

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Yes, "dim-witted" and "stupid" usually mean pretty much the same thing. "Stupid" is often a bit stronger or harsher.

"Dim-witted" means basically "not clever" or "not as smart as one could be", while "stupid" implies "not capable of thinking intelligently".

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