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Sunday, February 07, 2010

Definitions for ignoramus

  1. An ignorant person; a dunce.

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Citations for ignoramus
My "perfect" reader is not a scholar but neither is he an ignoramus; he does not read because he has to, nor as a pastime, nor to make a splash in society, but because he is curious about many things, wishes to choose among them and does not wish to delegate this choice to anyone; he knows the limits of his competence and education, and directs his choices accordingly. Primo Levi, New York Times
I am quite an ignoramus, I know nothing in the world. Charlotte Bronte, Villette
Origin of ignoramus
1570-1580
Ignoramus was the name of a character in George Ruggle's 1615 play of the same name. The name was derived from the Latin, literally, "we are ignorant," from ignorare, "not to know," from ignarus, "not knowing," from ig- (for in-), "not" + gnarus, "knowing, acquainted with, expert in." It is related to ignorant and ignore.