dunce
[ duhns ]
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Part of Speech noun
Origin + Etymology
Early 16th century; English originally an epithet for a follower of John Duns Scotus, whose followers were ridiculed by 16th-century humanists and reformers as enemies of learning
Synonyms
  • fool
  • idiot
  • simpleton
  • halfwit
  • moron
  • imbecile
  • dummy
Antonyms
  • genius
Definition
a dull-witted, stupid, or ignorant person; dolt
Example
The foolish guy was often described as a dunce.
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