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ignorant

ig·no·rant

ignorant

 
pronunciation:
Ig n rnt
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: lacking knowledge or education.
It is easier for corrupt leaders to control an ignorant population.Many of the children grow up ignorant because they have no access to schools.
synonyms:
illiterate, uneducated, unlearned, unlettered, unschooled, untaught, untutored
antonyms:
cultured, educated, erudite, knowledgeable, learned, versed, well-read
similar words:
barbarous, naive, unread, wide-eyed
definition 2: resulting from or revealing a lack of knowledge or education.
We're making an ignorant assumption, and we should probably check the facts.
synonyms:
benighted, illiterate, uninformed, unknowing, unwitting
similar words:
callow, green, half-baked, ingenuous, lowbrow, naive, unintelligent
definition 3: unaware; uninformed.
Many of us are ignorant about other cultures.He was ignorant of the fact that the law had changed.
synonyms:
in the dark, oblivious of, unacquainted, unaware, unconscious, unfamiliar, uninformed, unlearned
antonyms:
aware, cognizant, conversant
similar words:
blind, illiterate
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The word ignorant contains the following parts:
i- Latin prefix that means not, without
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-ant, -ent Latin adjective- and noun-forming suffix that means In nouns: one who or that which does the action denoted by the base verb.
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The suffix -ant , -ent forms adjectives and, to a much lesser extent, nouns from Latin verb stems such as fid in confident and stud in student . This suffix is the equivalent in Latin of the "-ing" inflection in English. Many adjectives ending in -ant , -ent have a corresponding noun ending in -ance, -ence, -ancy, -ency.