One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An ignorant or stupid person.
- ‘He is a cretin's cretin, a halfwit, an ignoramus in every respect.’
- ‘Sometimes I am such an ignoramus, such a witless dope.’
- ‘‘I went from an antiques ignoramus into a devotee of ancient ceramic ware,’ Cai said.’
- ‘It is a great thing for intellectuals to discuss politics, but we don't want ignoramuses to discuss politics.’
- ‘And I'm not making movies for those ignoramuses.’
- ‘They are ignoramuses of the highest order and deserve the treatment that will, sooner or later, come to them.’
- ‘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?’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Isn't it a shame that we have these key people doing important things who are either incompetent ignoramuses or dumb as posts?’
- ‘His career brought him in contact with the first men of his time; he preferred the company of rustic ignoramuses.’
- ‘The fact that it is too technical for the ignoramuses who run the proportional representation society is hardly a relevant argument.’
- ‘No good teacher approaches his or her students as being ignoramuses just because they don't share the same level of knowledge.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘After all, Americans are self-centered ignoramuses who ‘love to talk about things they know nothing about,’ as Rick Mercer proclaims.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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?’
- ‘Only fools or ignoramuses ever trust the word of government officials or politicians.’
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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