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Dunce
Dunce Dunce, n. [From Joannes Duns Scotus, a schoolman called the Subtle Doctor, who died in 1308. Originally in the phrase ``a Duns man'. See Note below.] One backward in book learning; a child or other person dull or weak in intellect; a dullard; a dolt. I never knew this town without dunces of figure. --Swift. Note: The schoolmen were often called, after their great leader Duns Scotus, Dunsmen or Duncemen. In the revival of learning they were violently opposed to classical studies; hence, the name of Dunce was applied with scorn and contempt to an opposer of learning, or to one slow at learning, a dullard.

Meaning of Dunce from wikipedia

- A dunce is a person considered incapable of learning. The word is derived from the name of the Scottish Scholastic theologian and philosopher John Duns...
- A Confederacy of Dunces is a picaresque novel by American novelist John Kennedy Toole which reached publication in 1980, eleven years after Toole's suicide...
- Safety Dunce is an instrumental metal and hard rock solo album released by guitarist Jason Hook in 2007. The album title is an obvious play on words of...
- Times, 22 June 1949, pg.7. Richard Branson. "At school I was dyslexic and a dunce.", The Times, London, 11 September 1998, pg. 19 Shavinina, Larisa V (December...
- In topology, the dunce hat is a compact topological space formed by taking a solid triangle and gluing all three sides together, with the orientation...
- been in talks for the lead in an adaptation of the novel A Confederacy of Dunces. Farley even expressed interest in portraying Atuk in an adaptation of the...
- selfish and base, even though they should be persuaded that the fool, the dunce, or the rascal is better satisfied with his lot than they are with theirs…...
- whom answered correctly), and correct guesses are now worth $200. Also, a Dunce Cap is in play in Round Two; Once the question is posed, an in-studio contestant...
- "always loved acting but when I started at drama school I was like the dunce of the cl****. It just wasn't coming right to me. Everyone was cooler, everyone...
- achievements" but, among the clergy, the "pretended sanctity of some absolute dunces." His aspirations conflicted with his Puritanism, though, prompting reservations...
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