Definition of ignoramus in US English:

ignoramus

noun

  • An ignorant or stupid person.

    • ‘‘I went from an antiques ignoramus into a devotee of ancient ceramic ware,’ Cai said.’
    • ‘The fact that it is too technical for the ignoramuses who run the proportional representation society is hardly a relevant argument.’
    • ‘I'm not exactly a yoga ignoramus - I used to do some out of a book and off vids when I wasn't pregnant some years ago, so I know a lot of the terms but I still felt very out of place.’
    • ‘From this it is but a short step to viewing those who oppose liberal ideas or policies as hidebound traditionalists, bigots, or ignoramuses.’
    • ‘And the masses - stupid ignoramuses that we are - fell for it.’
    • ‘After all, Americans are self-centered ignoramuses who ‘love to talk about things they know nothing about,’ as Rick Mercer proclaims.’
    • ‘They are ignoramuses of the highest order and deserve the treatment that will, sooner or later, come to them.’
    • ‘Only fools or ignoramuses ever trust the word of government officials or politicians.’
    • ‘What other reason can there possibly be for the number of surly, bad-mannered ignoramuses I stumble across when I'm looking to use, order or buy anything?’
    • ‘There really is a need for those of us who do know the right things to think to take pity on the ignoramuses who don't and really correct them when they are wrong.’
    • ‘His career brought him in contact with the first men of his time; he preferred the company of rustic ignoramuses.’
    • ‘It is a great thing for intellectuals to discuss politics, but we don't want ignoramuses to discuss politics.’
    • ‘Sometimes I am such an ignoramus, such a witless dope.’
    • ‘In fact they are little ignoramuses who leave high school believing that their country has made nothing but mistakes, and they never do learn what revisionist history is a revision of.’
    • ‘And I'm not making movies for those ignoramuses.’
    • ‘He is a cretin's cretin, a halfwit, an ignoramus in every respect.’
    • ‘So in my view abusing them as ‘rednecks’ is grossly offensive, prejudiced and ignorant and those who use such terms just show what ignoramuses they themselves are.’
    • ‘Um, that a work of literature is not to be crushed and censored by ignoramuses whose ability to think has not yet passed the horizon of Pavlovian responses to ritually impure words?’
    • ‘No good teacher approaches his or her students as being ignoramuses just because they don't share the same level of knowledge.’
    • ‘Isn't it a shame that we have these key people doing important things who are either incompetent ignoramuses or dumb as posts?’
    fool, idiot, ass, halfwit, nincompoop, blockhead, buffoon, dunce, dolt, cretin, imbecile, dullard, moron, simpleton, clod
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Origin

Late 16th century (as the indorsement made by a grand jury on an indictment considered backed by insufficient evidence to bring before a petty jury): 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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