A demagogue must be neither an educated nor an honest man; he has to be an ignoramus and a rogue.
Is he really an ignoramus mistakenly granted admission ahead of deserving students because his parents know the right people?
He is no ignoramus, either, for he must be able to read and write and understand geography to get any good out of that memorandum.
But I am only an ignoramus, and certainly failed to understand everything in it.
The skilful writer expects reasonable accuracy, the ignoramus wants printers to be Macaulays and mind-readers as well.
Here is an ignoramus, and Dogberry is placed on the judge's bench.
I would rather remain an ignoramus than develop a pretty wit for another's dole.
From this Claude went on to remark with asperity that Murillo painted like an ignoramus.
But the jury returned the bill with ignoramus on it, and so found no indictment.
Which does not by any means prove that young Tom was an ignoramus.
1570s, from an Anglo-French legal term (early 15c.), from Latin ignoramus "we do not know," first person present indicative of ignorare "not to know" (see ignorant). The legal term was one a grand jury could write on a bill when it considered the prosecution's evidence insufficient. Sense of "ignorant person" came from the title role of George Ruggle's 1615 play satirizing the ignorance of common lawyers.