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Derived from the Latin nescius meaning "ignorant", the word began life in the 14th century as a term for "foolish" or "silly".
The emphasis on the word nescius is apparent: it is placed at the beginning of a new line, but right at the end of the sentence to which it applies.
Initially the accentuated placing of the words nescius and pastor seem to emphasize the unintentional nature of Aeneas's harm.
When read alongside the first deer hunt nescius seems to point to indifference rather than ignorance.
Nice: (from the Latin nescius, ignorant) and all too often for appearances.
Rather, it meant 'ignorant' < Latin nescius (see The American Heritage Dictionary, fourth ed.