What does ignorant mean?

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ˈɪg nər əntig·no·rant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ignorant, nescient, unlearned, unletteredadjective

    uneducated in general; lacking knowledge or sophistication

    "an ignorant man"; "nescient of contemporary literature"; "an unlearned group incapable of understanding complex issues"; "exhibiting contempt for his unlettered companions"

  2. ignorant, illiterateadjective

    uneducated in the fundamentals of a given art or branch of learning; lacking knowledge of a specific field

    "she is ignorant of quantum mechanics"; "he is musically illiterate"

  3. ignorant, unknowledgeable, unknowing, unwittingadjective

    unaware because of a lack of relevant information or knowledge

    "he was completely ignorant of the circumstances"; "an unknowledgeable assistant"; "his rudeness was unwitting"


  1. ignorantadjective

    Unknowledgeable or uneducated; characterized by ignorance.

  2. ignorantadjective

    Ill-mannered, crude.

    His manner was at best off-hand, at worst totally ignorant.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. IGNORANTadjective

    Etymology: ignorant, French; ignorans, Latin.

    So foolish was I and ignorant, I was as a beast. Ps. lxxiii. 22.

    Thy letters have transported me beyond
    This ign'rant present time, and I feel now
    The future in the instant. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    In such business
    Action is eloquence, and the eyes of th' ignorant
    More learned than the ears. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    He that doth not know those things which are of use for him to know, is but an ignorant man, whatever he may know besides. John Tillotson, Sermons.

    Fools grant whate'er ambition craves,
    And men, once ignorant, are slaves. Alexander Pope.

    If you know aught, which does behove my knowledge
    Thereof to be inform'd, imprison't not
    In ignorant concealment. William Shakespeare, Winter's Tale.

    Let not judges be so ignorant of their own right, as to think there is not left to them, as a principal part of their office, a wise application of laws. Francis Bacon, Essays.

    O visions ill foreseen! Better had I
    Liv'd ignorant of future! so had borne
    My part of evil only. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. xi.

    Ignorant of guilt, I fear not shame. Dryden.

    His shipping,
    Poor ignorant baubles, on our terrible seas
    Like egg-shells mov'd. William Shakespeare.

  2. Ignorantnoun

    One untaught, unlettered, uninstructed.

    Did I for this take pains to teach
    Our zealous ignorants to preach! John Denham.


  1. ignorant

    Ignorance is a lack of knowledge and understanding. The word "ignorant" is an adjective that describes a person in the state of being unaware, or even cognitive dissonance and other cognitive relation, and can describe individuals who are unaware of important information or facts. Ignorance can appear in three different types: factual ignorance (absence of knowledge of some fact), object ignorance (unacquaintance with some object), and technical ignorance (absence of knowledge of how to do something).


  1. ignorant

    Ignorant refers to a state or condition of lacking knowledge, awareness, or information about something. It applies to individuals unaware or uninformed about various issues, subjects, facts, or concepts. Ignorance is not a derogatory term, as it is often a natural part of the human condition, but it can become detrimental when a person chooses to remain ignorant despite having opportunities to gain knowledge.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ignorantadjective

    destitute of knowledge; uninstructed or uninformed; untaught; unenlightened

  2. Ignorantadjective

    unacquainted with; unconscious or unaware; -- used with of

  3. Ignorantadjective

    unknown; undiscovered

  4. Ignorantadjective

    resulting from ignorance; foolish; silly

  5. Ignorantnoun

    a person untaught or uninformed; one unlettered or unskilled; an ignoramous

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ignorant

    ig′nō-rant, adj. without knowledge: uninstructed: unacquainted with: resulting from want of knowledge: (Shak.) unconscious: (Shak.) undiscovered.—n. Ig′norance, state of being ignorant: want of knowledge—in R.C. theol. vincible or wilful ignorance is such as one might be fairly expected to overcome, hence it can never be an excuse for sin, whether of omission or of commission; while invincible ignorance, which a man could not help or abate, altogether excuses from guilt: (pl.) in Litany, sins committed through ignorance.—adv. Ig′norantly.—n. Ignorā′tion. [Fr.,—L. ignorans, -antis, pr.p. of ignorāre. See Ignore.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ignorant in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ignorant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of ignorant in a Sentence

  1. Mark Twain:

    When I was fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have him around. When I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.

  2. Izaak Walton:

    So long as thou are ignorant be not ashamed to learn. Ignorance is the greatest of all infirmities, and when justified, the chiefest of all follies.

  3. Morgan Wallen:

    I was around some of my friends, and we say dumb stuff together, in our minds, it’s playful. That sounds ignorant but that’s really where it came from. And it’s wrong.

  4. Sean Biggerstaff:

    It can be a bit irritating when someone asks me how the new film's coming along when I haven't worked on Harry Potter for two years. Generally speaking, I have no problem with it. Most actors go through their careers without ever being involved in something so spectacular, so I think it would be a bit ignorant of me to object to being associated with it. Harry Potter is an amazing thing. I'm not just being diplomatic here either. I'm still reminded regularly of what a unique experience it was.

  5. Marcus Aurelius:

    Forget everything else. Keep hold of this alone and remember it: Each of us lives only now, this brief instant. The rest has been lived already, or is impossible to see. The span we live is small - small as the corner of the earth in which we live it. Small as the greatest renown, passed from mouth to mouth by short-lived stick figures, ignorant alike of themselves and those long dead.

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