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Eponymous, from John Duns Scotus, who 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 knowlege in 1530; later, any stupid person.[1]

Singular
dunce

Plural
dunces

dunce (plural dunces)

  1. One backward in book learning; a child or other person dull or weak in intellect; a dullard; a dolt.

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