- lacking in knowledge or training; unlearned: an ignorant man.
- lacking knowledge or information as to a particular subject or fact: ignorant of quantum physics.
- uninformed; unaware.
- due to or showing lack of knowledge or training: an ignorant statement.
Origin of ignorant
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Examples from the Web for ignorant
Just like Watson, Ansari is daring to elicit antagonism and ignorant accusations on account of his feminist beliefs.The Perils of Glitzy Celebrity Feminism Having a Moment
October 15, 2014
Forbes magazine has alternately called Hanauer insane and ignorant.The Big, Long, 30-Year Conservative Lie
August 8, 2014
Its campaign is an easy target, but painting these women as a bunch of ignorant, outrageous, self-hating women proves their point.You Don’t Hate Feminism. You Just Don’t Understand It.
July 24, 2014
As people not involved with the creation of a game, it might be ignorant to convey anything more than disappointment.Video Games Need More Than Damsels and Dames
June 18, 2014
Is this ignorant and sanitized speech truly a windfall for feminism?Lana Del Rey and the Fault in Our ‘Feminist’ Stars
June 11, 2014
Her parents knew of this fact, but mine were ignorant of it.
While I have gathered foreign jewels, I have been ignorant of the gems in my own family.
That matron, like most Grecian women, was ignorant of her own written language.
Whether I will be permitted again to look upon your dear faces, I also am ignorant.Brave and Bold
The danger of the control of an ignorant electorate has therefore passed.
- lacking in knowledge or education; unenlightened
- (postpositive often foll by of) lacking in awareness or knowledge (of)ignorant of the law
- resulting from or showing lack of knowledge or awarenessan ignorant remark
Word Origin and History for ignorant
late 14c., from Old French ignorant (14c.), from Latin ignorantia, from ignorantem (nominative ignorans), present participle of ignorare "not to know, to be unacquainted; mistake, misunderstand; take no notice of, pay no attention to," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + Old Latin gnarus "aware, acquainted with" (cf. Classical Latin noscere "to know," notus "known"), from Proto-Latin suffixed form *gno-ro-, related to gnoscere "to know" (see know).
Form influenced by Latin ignotus "unknown." Cf. also uncouth. Colloquial sense of "ill-mannered" first attested 1886. As a noun meaning "ignorant person" from mid-15c.