ignorant
adjective Date: 14th century 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. unaware, uninformed • ignorantly adverbignorantness noun Synonyms: 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
>
.

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • ignorant — ignorant, ante [ iɲɔrɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. • 1253; lat. ignorans 1 ♦ IGNORANT DE : qui n a pas la connaissance d une chose; qui n est pas au courant, pas informé de. Être ignorant des événements, des usages. « Longtemps, elle piétina, ignorante de l… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • ignorant — ignorant, ante (i gno ran, ran t ) adj. 1°   Qui est sans lettres, sans études, qui n a point de savoir. •   Enfin, quoique ignorante à vingt et trois carats, Elle passait pour un oracle, LA FONT. Fabl. VII, 15. •   Il affecte quelquefois de… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • Ignorant — Ig no*rant, a. [F., fr. L. ignorans, antis, p. pr. of ignorare to be ignorant. See {Ignore}.] 1. Destitute of knowledge; uninstructed or uninformed; untaught; unenlightened. [1913 Webster] He that doth not know those things which are of use for… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ignorant — Ignorant, [ignor]ante. adj. Qui ne sçait rien, qui ne sçait pas ce qu il devroir sçavoir. Il est ignorant, extremement ignorant. elle est ignorante. il est ignorant dans cette science, en cette profession. Il est le plus souvent subst. C est un… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • ignorant — IGNORÁNT, Ă, ignoranţi, te, adj., s.m. şi f. (Om) incult, fără cunoştinţe elementare; neştiutor. – Din fr. ignorant. Trimis de gall, 17.09.2008. Sursa: DEX 98  Ignorant ≠ erudit, învăţat, ştiutor Trimis de siveco, 03.08.2004. Sursa: Antonime … …   Dicționar Român

  • ignorant — ignorant, illiterate, unlettered, uneducated, untaught, untutored, unlearned mean not having knowledge. One is ignorant who is without knowledge, whether in general or of some particular thing {a very superficial, ignorant, unweighing fellow Shak …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • ignorant — [ig′nə rənt] adj. [OFr < L ignorans, prp. of ignorare: see IGNORE] 1. a) having little knowledge, education, or experience; uneducated; inexperienced b) lacking knowledge (in a particular area or matter) 2. caused by or showing lack of… …   English World dictionary

  • ignorant — (adj.) late 14c., from O.Fr. ignorant (14c.), from L. ignorantia, from ignorantem (nom. ignorans), prp. of ignorare not to know, to be unacquainted; mistake, misunderstand; take no notice of, pay no attention to, from assimilated form of in… …   Etymology dictionary

  • ignorant — {{/stl 13}}{{stl 8}}rz. mos I, Mc. ignorantncie; lm M. ignorantnci {{/stl 8}}{{stl 7}} ktoś, kogo cechuje ignorancja; nieuk : {{/stl 7}}{{stl 10}}Ten ignorant nie wie, jak wygląda liść dębu. Ignorant w dziedzinie techniki komputerowej.… …   Langenscheidt Polski wyjaśnień

  • ignorant — Ignorant, Ignorans, Rudis, Ignarus, Imperitus. Qui n est ignorant de rien, Nulla in re peregrinus, atque hospes. Un homme ignorant le fait de plaidoirie, Qui ne sçait que c est de plaider, Homo rerum forensium insolens. B …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • ignorant — ► ADJECTIVE 1) lacking knowledge or awareness in general. 2) (often ignorant of) uninformed about or unaware of a specific subject or fact. 3) informal rude; discourteous. DERIVATIVES ignorantly adverb. ORIGIN from Latin ignorare not know …   English terms dictionary

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