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ignorant

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adjective ig·no·rant \ˈig-n(ə-)rənt\

Simple Definition of ignorant

  • : lacking knowledge or information

  • : resulting from or showing a lack of knowledge

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of ignorant

  1. 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. 2 :  unaware, uninformed

ignorantly

adverb

ignorantness

noun

Examples of ignorant in a sentence

  1. … 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

  2. That may be especially true for today's … 13-year-olds, whose own moms and dads grew up largely ignorant of car seats, bike helmets, antibacterial soaps and childproof locks … —Nancy Gibbs, Time, 8 Aug. 2005

  3. The joke is that the film was not his work. To refer to a producer's oeuvre is, at least to me, as ignorant as to refer to the oeuvre of a stockbroker. —David Mamet, Jafsie and John Henry: Essays, 1999

  4. He is an ignorant old racist.

  5. She was ignorant about the dangers of the drug.

  6. It was an ignorant mistake.



Origin and Etymology 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

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adjective ig·no·rant \ˈig-nə-rənt\

Definition of ignorant for Students

  1. 1 :  having little or no knowledge :  not educated

  2. 2 :  not knowing :  unaware <They're ignorant of the facts.>

  3. 3 :  resulting from or showing lack of knowledge <It was an ignorant mistake.>

ignorantly

adverb




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