1. Destitute of knowledge; uninstructed or uninformed; untaught; unenlightened.
He that doth not know those things which are of use for him to know, is but an ignorant man, whatever he may know besides. --Tillotson.
2. Unacquainted with; unconscious or unaware; -- used with of.
Ignorant of guilt, I fear not shame. --Dryden.
3. Unknown; undiscovered. [Obs.]
Ignorant concealment. --Shak.
Alas, what ignorant sin have I committed? --Shak.
4. Resulting from ignorance; foolish; silly.
Poor ignorant baubles! -- on our terrible seas,
Like eggshells moved. --Shak.
Syn: -- Uninstructed; untaught; unenlightened; uninformed; unlearned; unlettered; illiterate. -- Ignorant, Illiterate. Ignorant denotes lack of knowledge, either as to single subject or information in general; illiterate refers to an ignorance of letters, or of knowledge acquired by reading and study. In the Middle Ages, a great proportion of the higher classes were illiterate, and yet were far from being ignorant, especially in regard to war and other active pursuits.
In such business
Action is eloquence, and the eyes of the ignorant
More learned than the ears. --Shak.
In the first ages of Christianity, not only the learned and the wise, but the ignorant and illiterate, embraced torments and death. --Tillotson.
Ig·no·rant, n. A person untaught or uninformed; one unlettered or unskilled; an ignoramous.
Did I for this take pains to teach
Our zealous ignorants to preach? --Denham.
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"
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]