Ignoramus



[ig-nuh-rey-muh s, -ram-uh s] /ˌɪg nəˈreɪ məs, -ˈræm əs/

noun, plural ignoramuses.
1.
an extremely ignorant person.
/ˌɪɡnəˈreɪməs/
noun (pl) -muses
1.
an ignorant person; fool
n.

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.

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