Adjective "ignorant" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Lacking knowledge or awareness in general; uneducated or unsophisticated.
  1. 'Richard lets us know how ignorant and stupid we all are, and why we really need this internet thing.'
  2. '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.'
  3. 'The policy culture sees the community culture as uneducated, ignorant, backward and occasionally comic in its primitive beliefs.'
  4. 'New Zealanders, it seems, are simply too stupid and ignorant to be able to interpret our own laws properly; instead, we must go offshore.'
  5. 'This is unbelievably patronising, ignorant and plain stupid.'
  6. 'Conservatives are ignorant, stupid, and evil, or some combination of the three.'
  7. 'It shows how ignorant, stupid, and irrational you are.'
  8. 'How arrogant, how impossibly stupid and just how ignorant are we?'
  9. 'Looking down from up here I can't decide if I'm looking at ignorant behaviour or stupid behaviour.'
  10. 'Women were seen as ignorant, illiterate and stupid beings who wanted only to produce children - curbing their fertility was obviously needed.'
  11. 'I was largely ignorant of the effects of radiotherapy'
  12. 'This Australia was impudent, naive and ignorant of the ways of the world; it was yet to put away childish things.'
  13. 'Even the well informed are ignorant of the extent to which they are subsidised.'
  14. 'The chapter reads as if Dembski were completely unaware or ignorant of Popper's statements in this regard.'
  15. 'And to my knowledge, she is ignorant of my work and background except in the very broadest of terms.'
  16. 'He regarded most of the new people as noisy, assertive, and ignorant of maritime knowledge, traditions and courtesy.'
  17. 'Finally, the existence of civilization allows man to remain innocent or ignorant about his true nature.'
  18. 'Many of the comments were naive, muddled and ignorant of the realities of international diplomacy.'
  19. 'This does not mean being ignorant of History or blind to our legacies.'
  20. 'This was the reason why he had blinded himself originally, due to the shame that he was so blind and ignorant of these mistakes.'
  21. 'If not exactly a tabula rasa, I am comparatively ignorant of current scientific knowledge and epistemology.'
Discourteous or rude.
  1. '‘Decency’ is to be in a room where people do not offend through crude and ignorant language.'
  2. 'Brighton has the shops and the crowds, but not the hassle of impolite, inconsiderate and downright ignorant London shoppers.'
  3. 'The Dudley are crude, ignorant, violent and much-loved by wrestling fans across the world.'
  4. '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.'
  5. '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.'
  6. 'They were, as a rule, badly dressed, rude and ignorant.'
  7. 'So often in that wild weekend the questions were rude and ignorant, focusing as they did on the Fab Four's coiffure.'
  8. 'They were either being rude or ignorant - I'm not sure which one is worse.'
  9. 'In fact, to some I will appear quite rude, ignorant even.'
  10. '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.'
Angry or quick-tempered.
  1. 'I had to walk out before I got ignorant'


1. lacking in knowledge or training; unlearned: an ignorant man.

2. lacking knowledge or information as to a particular subject or fact: ignorant of quantum physics.

3. uninformed; unaware.

4. due to or showing lack of knowledge or training: an ignorant statement.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be ignorant of things."

"people can be ignorant of facts."

"people can be ignorant of details."

"people can be ignorant of causes."

"tributes can be ignorant of distinctions."

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