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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
Recent Examples of ignoramus from the Web
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The part of the problem of the president has is his dealing with ignoramuses spoken inside his party and outside of his party and some whom are dressed up as lawyers.
Murray got the worse of it, but at minimum, I’m painted as a total ignoramus, right?
But that doesn't mean his staffers are iGnoramuses as well.
By all accounts, Ryan and McConnell and the people closest to them see the president as a reckless ignoramus.
Dissenters and skeptics are derided as Flat Earthers and scientific ignoramuses.
Johnson, Nixon, Reagan, George W. Bush, and Donald Trump have all been accorded this treatment by Hollywood ignoramuses who have incandescent emotions fixed to rigid attitudes unconnected to any historical knowledge.
There was a time when Jupiter was the king of the gods, and any man who doubted his puissance was ipso facto a barbarian and an ignoramus.
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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.
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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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