dunce

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1530, named after John Duns Scotus (circa 1265–1308).[1][2]

Scotus was ironically a well-known Scottish thinker. His followers, however, opposed the philosophers of the Renaissance, and thus "dunce" was first used to describe someone rejecting new knowledge in 1530; later, any stupid person.[2]

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dunce (plural dunces)

  1. An unintelligent person; an idiot.

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