(French). A simpleton, so called because they were supposed to
be, in a special way, the objects of God's care. (French, béni,
Old French, beneit, from Latin, benedictus.) We call an
idiot an “Innocent” (q.v.).
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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