AskDefine | Define ignorant

Dictionary Definition

ignorant adj
1 lacking general education or knowledge; "an ignorant man"; "nescient of contemporary literature"; "an unlearned group incapable of understanding complex issues"; "exhibiting contempt for his unlettered companions" [syn: nescient, unenlightened, unlearned, unlettered]
2 ignorant of the fundamentals of a given art or branch of knowledge; "ignorant of quantum mechanics"; "musically illiterate" [syn: illiterate]
3 lacking basic knowledge; "how can someone that age be so ignorant?"; "inexperienced and new to the real world" [syn: inexperienced]
4 used of things; lacking sense or awareness; "ignorant hope"; "fine innocent weather" [syn: innocent]
5 lacking knowledge or skill; "unversed in the jargon of the social scientist" [syn: unversed] [ant: versed]
6 lacking information or knowledge; "an unknowledgeable assistant" [syn: unknowledgeable, unknowing, unwitting]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. Unknowledgeable or uneducated; characterized by ignorance.
  2. Ill-mannered, crude.
    His manner was at best off-hand, at worst totally ignorant.


characterized by ignorance
  • Dutch: onwetend, ignorant
  • German: ignorant
  • Japanese: 無知な
  • Kurdish: نه‌زان/nezan



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Extensive Definition

Ignorance is the condition of being uninformed or uneducated, lacking knowledge or information. It may also refer to:
ignorant in Japanese: 無知

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