Definition of ignorant adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɪɡnərənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɪɡnərənt//
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  1. 1lacking knowledge or information about something; not educated an ignorant person/question Never make your students feel ignorant. ignorant about something He's ignorant about modern technology. ignorant of something At that time I was ignorant of events going on elsewhere.
  2. 2(informal) with very bad manners synonym uncouth a rude, ignorant person
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: via Old French from Latin ignorant- ‘not knowing’, from the verb ignorare, from in- ‘not’ + gno-, a base meaning ‘know’.Extra examples Don’t ask Paul. He’s pig ignorant. He was completely ignorant about the country’s political system. I decided to continue acting ignorant, just to make fun of her. I wanted to stay ignorant of my fate for a few more precious hours. The general public remained totally ignorant of the danger. They are simply ignorant, I’m afraid to say. We are still woefully ignorant of the causes of this disease. We went to bed that night blissfully ignorant of the storm to come. We were kept ignorant of the facts. At that time I was young and ignorant, with little experience of the world. At the time I was ignorant of events going on elsewhere. Don’t take any notice of them. They’re just ignorant. He’s pig ignorant. Too many of the staff were badly-trained and ignorant. Too many politicians are ignorant about the issues involved. You should never make your students feel ignorant. You’re behaving like a stupid ignorant child!
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