After the ignorant lawyer Ignoramus, the titular character in the 1615 play Ignoramus by the English playwright Georges Ruggle; from Latin ignōrāmus (“we do not know, we are ignorant of”), the first-person plural present active indicative of ignōrō (“I do not know, I am unacquainted with, I am ignorant of”).
ignoramus (plural ignoramuses or ignorami)
- A totally ignorant person—unknowledgeable, uneducated, or uninformed; a fool.
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The hyper-correct plural form ignorami is seen by most as humorous and non-standard, as the word derives from a Latin verb, not from a noun.
totally ignorant person
Directly from Latin ignōrāmus (“we do not know”).
ignoramus (plural ignoramuses)
- (law, dated) A grand jury's ruling on an indictment when the evidence is determined to be insufficient to send the case to trial.
ignoramus (third-person singular simple present ignoramuses, present participle ignoramusing, simple past and past participle ignoramused)
- (law, transitive) To make such a ruling against (an indictment).