See also: Ignorant

English

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Etymology

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From Old French ignorant. By surface analysis, ignore +‎ -ant.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈɪɡnəɹənt/
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  • Hyphenation: ig‧no‧rant

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ignorant (comparative ignoranter or more ignorant, superlative ignorantest or most ignorant)

  1. Unknowledgeable or uneducated; characterized by ignorance.
    • 1664, John Tillotson, “Sermon I. The Wisdom of Being Religious. Job XXVIII. 28.”, in The Works of the Most Reverend Dr. John Tillotson, Late Lord Archbishop of Canterbury: [], 8th edition, London: [] T. Goodwin, B[enjamin] Tooke, and J. Pemberton, []; J. Round [], and J[acob] Tonson] [], published 1720, →OCLC:
      That man that doth not know those things which are of use and necessity for him to know, is but an ignorant man, whatever he may know besides;
    • 1766, Oliver Goldsmith, chapter 15, in The Vicar of Wakefield[1], volume I, London: F. Newbery, page 150:
      The ignorant peasant, without fault, is greater than the philosopher with many; for what is genius or courage without an heart?
  2. Not knowing (a fact or facts), unaware (of something).
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, [] (King James Version), London: [] Robert Barker, [], →OCLC, 2 Corinthians 1:8:
      For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life:
    • 1677, John Dryden, The State of Innocence and Fall of Man[2], London: Henry Herringman, act II, page 14:
      Eve. Somewhat forbids me, which I cannot name;
      For ignorant of guilt, I fear not shame:
      But some restraining thought, I know not why,
      Tells me, you long should beg, I long deny.
    • 1851, Walt Whitman, “Art and Artists” in Emory Holloway (editor), The Uncollected Poetry and Prose of Walt Whitman, Garden City, NY: Doubleday, Page & Co., 1921, Volume 1, p. 242,[3]
      [] perhaps it is sometimes the case that the greatest artists live and die, the world and themselves alike ignorant what they possess.
    • 1921, John T. McCutcheon, The Restless Age[4], Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, page 179:
      That night he slept the sleep of happiness, blissfully ignorant that he had placed the letters in the wrong envelopes.
  3. (slang) Ill-mannered, crude.
    His manner was at best off-hand, at worst totally ignorant.
  4. (obsolete) unknown; undiscovered
  5. Resulting from ignorance; foolish; silly.
    • 1611 April (first recorded performance), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Cymbeline”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies [] (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, →OCLC, [Act III, scene i]:
      [] his shipping—
      Poor ignorant baubles!— upon our terrible seas,
      Like eggshells moved upon their surges, crack’d
      As easily ’gainst our rocks:
    • 1916, Mark Twain, chapter 8, in Albert Paine, editor, The Mysterious Stranger[6], New York: Harper & Bros., page 112:
      He had never felt a pain or a sorrow, and did not know what they were, in any really informing way. He had no knowledge of them except theoretically—that is to say, intellectually. And of course that is no good. One can never get any but a loose and ignorant notion of such things except by experience.

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Noun

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ignorant (plural ignorants)

  1. One who is ignorant.

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Catalan

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Etymology 1

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Borrowed from Latin ignōrantem.

Adjective

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ignorant m or f (masculine and feminine plural ignorants)

  1. ignorant
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Etymology 2

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See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.

Verb

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ignorant

  1. gerund of ignorar

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Czech

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ignorant m anim

  1. ignoramus, ignorant
    Synonyms: nevědomec, neználek
    Antonym: znalec
    Antonym: vševěd

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Further reading

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  • ignorant in Příruční slovník jazyka českého, 1935–1957
  • ignorant in Slovník spisovného jazyka českého, 1960–1971, 1989
  • ignorant in Akademický slovník cizích slov, 1995, at prirucka.ujc.cas.cz

Danish

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Etymology

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From Latin ignōrāns (not knowing).

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  • IPA(key): [injoˈʁɑnˀd̥], [enjoˈʁɑnˀd̥], [inoˈʁɑnˀd̥]

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ignorant (plural and definite singular attributive ignorante)

  1. ignorant

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ignorant

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ignorant c (singular definite ignoranten, plural indefinite ignoranter)

  1. ignoramus

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Dutch

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ignorant (comparative ignoranter, superlative ignorantst)

  1. ignorant

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Declension of ignorant
uninflected ignorant
inflected ignorante
comparative ignoranter
positive comparative superlative
predicative/adverbial ignorant ignoranter het ignorantst
het ignorantste
indefinite m./f. sing. ignorante ignorantere ignorantste
n. sing. ignorant ignoranter ignorantste
plural ignorante ignorantere ignorantste
definite ignorante ignorantere ignorantste
partitive ignorants ignoranters

French

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Etymology 1

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From Latin ignōrantem.

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ignorant (feminine ignorante, masculine plural ignorants, feminine plural ignorantes)

  1. ignorant
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Etymology 2

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See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.

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ignorant

  1. present participle of ignorer

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German

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Etymology

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Borrowed from Latin ignōrāns.

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ignorant (strong nominative masculine singular ignoranter, comparative ignoranter, superlative am ignorantesten)

  1. willfully ignorant, arrogantly disinterested in knowlegde

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Further reading

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  • ignorant” in Duden online
  • ignorant” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache

Latin

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ignōrant

  1. third-person plural present active indicative of ignōrō

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ignōrant

  1. third-person plural pluperfect active indicative of ignōscō

Occitan

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Etymology

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From Latin ignōrāns.

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ignorant m (feminine singular ignoranta, masculine plural ignorants, feminine plural ignorantas)

  1. ignorant
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Piedmontese

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ignorant

  1. ignorant
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ignorant m

  1. ignorant (person)

Polish

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Etymology

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Learned borrowing from Latin ignōrantis.

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  • IPA(key): /iɡˈnɔ.rant/
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  • Rhymes: -ɔrant
  • Syllabification: ig‧no‧rant

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ignorant m pers (female equivalent ignorantka)

  1. ignorant

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Further reading

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  • ignorant in Wielki słownik języka polskiego, Instytut Języka Polskiego PAN
  • ignorant in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Romanian

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Etymology

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Borrowed from French ignorant.

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ignorant m or n (feminine singular ignorantă, masculine plural ignoranți, feminine and neuter plural ignorante)

  1. ignorant

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Serbo-Croatian

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  • IPA(key): /iɡnǒrant/
  • Hyphenation: ig‧no‧rant

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ignòrant m (Cyrillic spelling игно̀рант)

  1. ignorant

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