Definition of ignorant in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈiɡnərənt/


1Lacking knowledge or awareness in general; uneducated or unsophisticated: he was told constantly that he was ignorant and stupid
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  • The policy culture sees the community culture as uneducated, ignorant, backward and occasionally comic in its primitive beliefs.
  • In that way, our people can remain ignorant, uneducated and dumb.
  • The people are too blind or too uninformed or too uneducated or too ignorant or too whatever to see the threat that faces them because they refuse to take a look at it.
uneducated, unknowledgeable, untaught, unschooled, untutored, untrained, illiterate, unlettered, unlearned, unread, uninformed, unenlightened, benighted;
inexperienced, unworldly, unsophisticated
1.1 [predicative] Lacking knowledge, information, or awareness about something in particular: they were ignorant of astronomy
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  • We need to reach out to our infosec brethren because no security executive can afford to be ignorant of information risk management.
  • This article provided a great deal of information to those ignorant of what Bob Jones stands for, but not enough.
  • Even the well informed are ignorant of the extent to which they are subsidised.
without knowledge of, unaware of, unconscious of, oblivious to, incognizant of, unfamiliar with, unacquainted with, uninformed about, ill-informed about, unenlightened about, unconversant with, inexperienced in/with, naive about, green about
informal in the dark about, clueless about
1.2 informal Discourteous or rude: this ignorant, pin-brained receptionist
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  • Not some rude, ignorant, person who appears to have no respect for either his office or the people of Tasmania, and flouts our laws as if he is someone who is immune to them.
  • I'm rude, ignorant, extremely lazy, and like to be told what to think.
  • I did complain to my GP once that they were rude and ignorant and he said… ahh they have a very hard job dealing with the druggies and lower classes round here.
1.3West Indian Easily angered; quick-tempered: she could be very ignorant and he had no intention of getting involved in an argument just now
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  • I is an ignorant crack-a-lacking moron.



Pronunciation: /ˈiɡnərəntlē/
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  • When he's not yammering ignorantly about the Catholic Faith and struggling to find new ways to square the circle, he's often quite good.
  • But we are ignorantly destroying our own heritage… throwing mud on our own heads!
  • But once they agreed to partake in this vicious experiment, all of them descended to the level of the worst kind of famewhores: people who will ignorantly sacrifice their dignity to be on television.


Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin ignorant- 'not knowing', from the verb ignorare (see ignore).

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Syllabification: ig·no·rant

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