Definition of ignoramus in English:


Syllabification: ig·no·ra·mus
Pronunciation: /ˌignəˈrāməs, -ˈraməs

noun (plural ignoramuses)

  • An ignorant or stupid person.
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    • And the masses - stupid ignoramuses that we are - fell for it.
    • He is a cretin's cretin, a halfwit, an ignoramus in every respect.
    • Isn't it a shame that we have these key people doing important things who are either incompetent ignoramuses or dumb as posts?


late 16th century: Latin, literally 'we do not know' (in legal use 'we take no notice of it'), from ignorare (see ignore). The modern sense may derive from the name of a character in George Ruggle's Ignoramus (1615), a satirical comedy exposing lawyers' ignorance.

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