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ignorant

adjective ig·no·rant \ˈig-n(ə-)rənt\

: lacking knowledge or information

: resulting from or showing a lack of knowledge

Full Definition of IGNORANT

1
a :  destitute of knowledge or education <an ignorant society>; also :  lacking knowledge or comprehension of the thing specified <parents ignorant of modern mathematics>
b :  resulting from or showing lack of knowledge or intelligence <ignorant errors>
2
ig·no·rant·ly adverb
ig·no·rant·ness noun
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Examples of IGNORANT

  1. He is an ignorant old racist.
  2. She was ignorant about the dangers of the drug.
  3. It was an ignorant mistake.
  4. … the World Series of the wild-card era is the pull of a slot-machine lever, a game of chance ignorant of form. Regularly populated now with second-place clubs or flavor-of-the-month teams more than dominant regular-season franchises … —Tom Verducci, Sports Illustrated, 30 Oct. 2006

Origin of IGNORANT

(see ignore)
First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of IGNORANT

ignorant, illiterate, unlettered, untutored, unlearned mean not having knowledge. ignorant may imply a general condition or it may apply to lack of knowledge or awareness of a particular thing <an ignorant fool> <ignorant of nuclear physics>. illiterate applies to either an absolute or a relative inability to read and write <much of the population is still illiterate>. unlettered implies ignorance of the knowledge gained by reading <an allusion meaningless to the unlettered>. untutored may imply lack of schooling in the arts and ways of civilization <strange monuments built by an untutored people>. unlearned suggests ignorance of advanced subjects <poetry not for academics but for the unlearned masses>.
IGNORANT Defined for Kids

ignorant

adjective ig·no·rant \ˈig-nə-rənt\

Definition of IGNORANT for Kids

1
:  having little or no knowledge :  not educated
2
:  not knowing :  unaware <They're ignorant of the facts.>
3
:  resulting from or showing lack of knowledge <It was an ignorant mistake.>
ig·no·rant·ly adverb

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