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Examples of ignoramus in a Sentence
I can't believe they let an ignoramus like that run the company.
only an ignoramus would be foiled by the building's security system
Did You Know?
Ignoramus is the title of a farce by George Ruggle (1575-1622) that was first produced in 1615. The title character, whose name in Latin literally means "we do not know," is a lawyer who fancies himself to be quite shrewd but is actually foolish and ignorant. Ruggle may have been inspired in his choice of name for his character by a proceeding in the English judicial system. The term ignoramus was written on bills of indictment when the evidence presented seemed insufficient to justify prosecution. In these cases ignoramus indicated "we take no notice of (i.e., we do not recognize) this indictment." Such a reference would have been most appropriate for Ruggle's satire of the judiciary.
Origin and Etymology of ignoramus
Ignoramus, ignorant lawyer in Ignoramus (1615), play by George Ruggle, from Latin, literally, we are ignorant of
First Known Use: circa 1616See Words from the same year
IGNORAMUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ignoramus for English Language Learners
: a person who does not know much : an ignorant or stupid person
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