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ignoramus

[ ig-nuh-rey-muhs, -ram-uhs ]
/ ˌɪg nəˈreɪ məs, -ˈræm əs /
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noun, plural ig·no·ra·mus·es.

an extremely ignorant person.

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Origin of ignoramus

1570–80; <Latin ignōrāmus we ignore (1st person plural present indicative of ignōrāre to be ignorant of, ignore); hence name of an ignorant lawyer in the play Ignoramus (1615) by the English playwright G. Ruggle, whence current sense
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ignoramus
/ (ˌɪɡnəˈreɪməs) /

noun plural -muses

an ignorant person; fool

Word Origin for ignoramus

C16: from legal Latin, literally: we have no knowledge of, from Latin ignōrāre to be ignorant of; see ignore; modern usage originated from the use of Ignoramus as the name of an unlettered lawyer in a play by G. Ruggle, 17th-century English dramatist
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