Definition of ignorant
Examples of ignorant in a Sentence
… 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
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
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
He is an ignorant old racist.
She was ignorant about the dangers of the drug.
It was an ignorant mistake.
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The disgusted strangers, for example, could be indicting themselves as ignorant or presumptuous vs. indicting you as deficient.
The disgusted strangers, for example, could be indicting themselves as ignorant or presumptuous rather than indicting you as deficient.
What an incredibly ignorant analogy to make @lorde.
Also, some of the cast members, including Jennifer Bowles as the sweet (but mousey) Miss Honey, and Matt Harrington as Matilda’s vile and proudly ignorant father, Mr. Wormwood, are also veterans of the Broadway production.
The fact that Trump asked the attorney general to leave the room, rebuts the argument that Trump was just a novice, ignorant of proper government practice and laws.
In 1944, when this happened, outside of some high levels of government … the American public was ignorant of the true nature of Hitler’s regime.
In May 2016, shortly after he was elected, Khan, a Muslim, criticized Trump’s rhetoric about Muslims on Twitter: Trump's ignorant view of Islam could make both our countries less safe.
In that regard, Trump’s ignorant blunderings can inadvertently be a force for good.
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The Polite and Not-So-Polite Uses of ignorant
Ignorant shares a root with the word ignore, one of those etymological connections which appear obvious once they are pointed out, yet remained overlooked by most. Both words come from the Latin ignorare (“to ignore, be ignorant of”). There are several meanings of ignorant, all of which are concerned with a lack of knowledge in some sense; some of these are more insulting than others, and care should be exercised before applying this word to people who you do not wish to offend. Saying “They were ignorant of most of the laws of physics” means that the people in question did not have a specific body of learning. Saying “You are an ignorant person” is possibly describing someone as primitive, crude, or uncivilized.
Synonym Discussion of ignorant
IGNORANT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ignorant for English Language Learners
: lacking knowledge or information
: resulting from or showing a lack of knowledge
IGNORANT Defined for Kids
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