Origin of dunceafter John Duns Scotus: his followers, called Dunsmen, Dunses, Dunces, were regarded as foes of Renaissance humanism
Origin of dunceAfterJohn Duns Scotus whose writings and philosophy were ridiculed in the 16th century
1530, eponymous, from John Duns Scotus (circa 1265–1308).
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.
- And the woman who wrote this, whoever she is, isn't any dunce.
- He was sent to various schools, but was generally regarded as a dunce, and when he was sixteen years of age he entered his father's foundry, working for seven years with no wages beyond a little pocket money.
- His father was called Bonaccio, most probably a nickname with the ironical meaning of "a good, stupid fellow," while to Leonardo himself another nickname, Bigollone (dunce, blockhead), seems to have been given.
- He came back from a trip down there one time and was upset because he said Uncle Fabrice treated him like a dunce in front of customers.
- He passed from the school at Kilkenny to Trinity College, Dublin (1700), where, owing to the peculiar subtlety of his mind and his determination to accept no doctrine on the evidence of authority or convention, he left the beaten track of study and was regarded by some as a dunce, by others as a genius.