Someone who is around average intelligence but is so opinionated and full of themselves that they think they're some kind of genius. Midwits have a shallow understanding of things and at first can seem a bit smart, until you dig deeper and realize they're just posers. They overlap with pseuds.
Johnny posted yet another article about advanced quantum dynamics. It got me interested because I actually studied physics, but when I asked him about it he barely knew what he was saying, what a midwit!
by SecondManInTights December 14, 2020
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Described by Vox Day as "individuals of above average intelligence, yet not too far from average".

Generally found in the 105-120 IQ range. These are the people who are considered "gifted" in primary school and perhaps "honors" in high school. In the same vein, they either think of themselves as "smart but lazy" or perform well in school yet do poorly/mediocre on standardized testing. May attend a low-tier university or none at all. Almost always very online, with strong opinions that lack nuance.

Midwits are truly cursed to be neither blissfully dumb nor reap the benefit of being of superior intelligence or a genius. They can grasp general concepts, but are less capable of digging deeper, understanding nuance, or adapting quickly to complex problems, leading to an entire middle class of perpetually unhappy, often vaguely angry people.
Wow, another generic woke twitter take? She's such a midwit.
by Anon1917 September 24, 2019
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I’d say a midwit is someone whose range is above average but either not quite genius level are barely genius level.

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"That Midwit can't even name every state but posts political spew 24/7"
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An internet term that ironically, is something only an actual midwit would try to use on in the internet to look vErY sMaRt.
Midwit: That comment was something only a midwit would say!
Normal person: WTF is a midwit? Do you spend too much time on the internet trying to look smart?
by fupa99 December 1, 2021
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Someone who contends that a general statement is a statement of bias.

Has an IQ at or around 120.
A midwit believes that general statements are statements of bias and will only accept specialized statements as pre-qualified.
by sandrashine October 14, 2020
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A midwit, or someone or middling intellect, who gets caught up in some form of mass hysteria. Strong supporters of a nanny state mentality to the point of insanity, and excellent examples of the Dunning Kruger effect in action. Named after the John Wyndham novel "the Midwich Cuckoos".
"Look at these midwit cuckoos, they want all dogs put down because some child got bitten by one recently."

"This guy says all humans must be exterminated to save the planet. What a midwit cuckoo."
by RayBidd February 10, 2022
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To mock a midwit using their own bad logic to make an ironic argument in a way they would, but also in a way where most of them will actually agree lest they expose themselves to the wolves that are the other stupider less-aware midwits.

This works so well, because a vast majority of midwits are on the less-aware end and generally care more about agreeing with something they already agree with especially if many other midwits already agree they all agree with it!

Dissenters to the midwits ideals are thus automatically labeled, "bad" for X emotional, fallacious, or nonsensical reasons. Legitimate refutations of takes or disagreements are labeled as "hit-pieces". Anecdotal experiences with a single person from another disagreeing group automatically means that person and anyone who agrees with them is also "bad", etc. The reason The Midwit Trap works so well is to disagree with your agreeing yet mocking take is to open themselves up to the same "out group bad" mentality they and the others they surround themselves with have. This is The Midwit Trap.
An example of executing The Midwit Trap: Responding to a midwit online with "I agree." updoot and all, and then use the most openly blatantly stupid midwit logic they all would use to come to a conclusion that they would actually agree with. The trick here is the argument has to be so openly blatantly stupid/circular/hypocritical that even some of the midwits might notice. The trick here is it will never be the majority of the hivemind so any midwits who actually do notice and call you out, you can just turn around and throw them to the wolves that are the other 90% of midwits who were too dumb to get it. By doing this they will now be labeled as part of the out-group and therefore in the hivemind of the midwits, bad.
by ApplesPotatoGardner October 16, 2023
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