If you've ever been afraid to speak up in class, you might be worried that you'll look like an ignoramus, or an uneducated, ignorant person.

Calling someone an ignoramus is an insult — it's a colorful way to comment on a person's ignorance or stupidity. The word comes right from the Latin ignoramus, literally "we do not know," which was a legal term in the 16th century that could be used during a trial when the prosecution presented insufficient evidence. After George Ruggle's 1615 play "Ignoramus", it came into popular use to mean "fool" or "dunce."

Definitions of ignoramus
  1. noun
    an ignorant person
    synonyms: know nothing, uneducated person
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    aliterate, aliterate person
    a person who can read but is disinclined to derive information from literary sources
    illiterate, illiterate person, nonreader
    a person unable to read
    analphabet, analphabetic
    an illiterate person who does not know the alphabet
    functional illiterate
    a person with some ability to read and write but not enough for daily practical needs
    type of:
    unskilled person
    a person who lacks technical training
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