Definition of ignorant in English:

ignorant

adjective

  • 1Lacking knowledge or awareness in general; uneducated or unsophisticated.

    ‘he was told constantly that he was ignorant and stupid’
    • ‘New Zealanders, it seems, are simply too stupid and ignorant to be able to interpret our own laws properly; instead, we must go offshore.’
    • ‘I will continue to not know such-and-such if I'm treated like an ignorant, unsophisticated fool.’
    • ‘Looking down from up here I can't decide if I'm looking at ignorant behaviour or stupid behaviour.’
    • ‘Women were seen as ignorant, illiterate and stupid beings who wanted only to produce children - curbing their fertility was obviously needed.’
    • ‘In fact you look very stupid and ignorant, especially those who attend tertiary-level institutions and are supposed to know better.’
    • ‘It shows how ignorant, stupid, and irrational you are.’
    • ‘Conservatives are ignorant, stupid, and evil, or some combination of the three.’
    • ‘The policy culture sees the community culture as uneducated, ignorant, backward and occasionally comic in its primitive beliefs.’
    • ‘Richard lets us know how ignorant and stupid we all are, and why we really need this internet thing.’
    • ‘In that way, our people can remain ignorant, uneducated and dumb.’
    • ‘It pains us to see you so ignorant and uneducated, and so eager to place yourselves in bondage.’
    • ‘How arrogant, how impossibly stupid and just how ignorant are we?’
    • ‘This is unbelievably patronising, ignorant and plain stupid.’
    • ‘One of the media's targets is the stupid and ignorant masses.’
    • ‘In my opinion, the US Congress has now revealed itself to be the most dangerous, ignorant and uneducated bunch of morons in the world.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I attended university as a mature student and was shocked at how ignorant and uneducated our student population actually is.’
    • ‘I am not ignorant and uneducated however, and I stood by my opinions.’
    • ‘Now she's always been known to be intellectually smart, but that question was really stupid and ignorant!’
    • ‘Born into that family, it was quite likely that he would turn out to be an arrogant, ignorant, stupid young man, and had already given some indication that indeed he is just that.’
    uneducated, unknowledgeable, untaught, unschooled, untutored, untrained, illiterate, unlettered, unlearned, unread, uninformed, unenlightened, unscholarly, unqualified, benighted, backward
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    1. 1.1predicative Lacking knowledge, information, or awareness about a particular thing.
      ‘I was largely ignorant of the effects of radiotherapy’
      ‘school-leavers were ignorant about the range of job opportunities’
      • ‘In the 1970s I will still a relatively young man, and still very naive and ignorant about the UK book trade.’
      • ‘This was the reason why he had blinded himself originally, due to the shame that he was so blind and ignorant of these mistakes.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Finally, the existence of civilization allows man to remain innocent or ignorant about his true nature.’
      • ‘And to my knowledge, she is ignorant of my work and background except in the very broadest of terms.’
      • ‘Most folks are very ignorant of how scientific knowledge is determined.’
      • ‘This does not mean being ignorant of History or blind to our legacies.’
      • ‘He regarded most of the new people as noisy, assertive, and ignorant of maritime knowledge, traditions and courtesy.’
      • ‘Anyone who claims pubs will go out of business is ill informed or ignorant of the facts.’
      • ‘If not exactly a tabula rasa, I am comparatively ignorant of current scientific knowledge and epistemology.’
      • ‘Many of the comments were naive, muddled and ignorant of the realities of international diplomacy.’
      • ‘We need to reach out to our infosec brethren because no security executive can afford to be ignorant of information risk management.’
      • ‘And so I was very naive and ignorant about publishing and royalties and residuals, which is kind of sweet.’
      • ‘In my view as a health researcher, the medical profession today stands woefully ignorant of dietary knowledge.’
      • ‘The chapter reads as if Dembski were completely unaware or ignorant of Popper's statements in this regard.’
      • ‘This Australia was impudent, naive and ignorant of the ways of the world; it was yet to put away childish things.’
      • ‘The bottomline was that I was too naïve and also ignorant of the law.’
      • ‘I can say as a parent that I was often innocent and occasionally deliberately ignorant about the areas of sin in my own life.’
      • ‘He invited me to approach his actual conduct at the relevant times on the footing that he was then altogether much more naive and ignorant about these matters.’
      without knowledge, unaware, unconscious, insensible
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  • 2informal Discourteous or rude.

    ‘this ignorant, pin-brained receptionist’
    • ‘So often in that wild weekend the questions were rude and ignorant, focusing as they did on the Fab Four's coiffure.’
    • ‘I am irritated by Sylvester's cheap remark about the ‘voice inside his own head’, which is ignorant and rude.’
    • ‘The Dudley are crude, ignorant, violent and much-loved by wrestling fans across the world.’
    • ‘In fact, to some I will appear quite rude, ignorant even.’
    • ‘Really, the only downside was the variety of loud, rude, ignorant and stupid people encountered in duration.’
    • ‘I hate some of the people at work much more; a few can be really ignorant and rude.’
    • ‘Shocked to hear that such an ignorant and crude boy could be her relation, she started to cry.’
    • ‘Brighton has the shops and the crowds, but not the hassle of impolite, inconsiderate and downright ignorant London shoppers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was a complete pain, rude, ignorant, arrogant and judgemental.’
    • ‘They were, as a rule, badly dressed, rude and ignorant.’
    • ‘If you really wanted a friend you wouldn't be so rude and ignorant!’
    • ‘I think its nothing short of rude and ignorant to attack a site set up to promote young feminism on the basis of ageism, I notice the same people are not attacking it for sexism.’
    • ‘‘Decency’ is to be in a room where people do not offend through crude and ignorant language.’
    • ‘People are stereotyped as rude, ignorant and unhelpful.’
    • ‘They were either being rude or ignorant - I'm not sure which one is worse.’
    • ‘She'd never been anything but rude and ignorant to Josie, knowing Josie was but an orphan.’
    • ‘It's ignorant and unmannerly to engage in this practice.’
    • ‘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.’
    rude, impolite, ill-mannered, bad-mannered, unmannerly, ungracious, discourteous, insensitive, uncivil, ill-humoured, surly, sullen
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  • 3West Indian Easily angered.

    ‘I is an ignorant man—even police don't meddle with me’
    • ‘I is an ignorant crack-a-lacking moron.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

ignorant

/ˈɪɡn(ə)r(ə)nt/