noun, plural ig·no·ra·mus·es.
Origin of ignoramus
Examples from the Web for ignoramus
Is he really an ignoramus mistakenly granted admission ahead of deserving students because his parents know the right people?
A demagogue must be neither an educated nor an honest man; he has to be an ignoramus and a rogue.
He was looked upon as a fool, as an imbecile, as an ignoramus.In Search of a Son|William Shepard Walsh
Is that all that he knows of that hateful watchword—strategy—nausea repeated by every ignoramus and imbecile?Diary from March 4, 1861, to November 12, 1862|Adam Gurowski
Finally, the orator turned straight in my direction and said, "Ignoramus!"The Story of Chautauqua|Jesse Lyman Hurlbut
What in the world can the teacher be thinking of, to keep such an ignoramus in the class?Hector's Inheritance|Horatio Alger
After all, perhaps, you will find me only an ignoramus, though I fancy myself quite an adept.Manners, Vol 1 of 3|Frances Brooke
British Dictionary definitions for ignoramus
noun plural -muses
Word Origin for ignoramus
Word Origin and History for ignoramus
1570s, from an Anglo-French legal term (early 15c.), from Latin ignoramus "we do not know," first person present indicative of ignorare "not to know" (see ignorant). The legal term was one a grand jury could write on a bill when it considered the prosecution's evidence insufficient. Sense of "ignorant person" came from the title role of George Ruggle's 1615 play satirizing the ignorance of common lawyers.