- 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 ignorantly
Yet Shapiro ignorantly, politically insists that “no one knows what demons plagued Hoffman.”Everything Is Politics to the Right, Even Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Death
February 11, 2014
And what is the meaning of "I did it ignorantly" but that I did it out of folly, not malice?The Praise of Folly
And Ruffo, all ignorantly and unconsciously, had pierced the heart of Hermione.A Spirit in Prison
He's that ignorantly innocent, wild geese is as wise as serpents to him.Faro Nell and Her Friends
Alfred Henry Lewis
No pledges that I had ignorantly made to such scoundrels could bind me.Dave Darrin on Mediterranean Service
H. Irving Hancock
I meditate much, ignorantly and fumblingly, on the modes and purposes of writing.Pipefuls
- 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 ignorantly
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.