1. The condition of being ignorant; the want of knowledge in general, or in relation to a particular subject; the
state of being uneducated or uninformed.
Ignorance is the curse of God,Shak.
Knowledge the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.
2. (Theol.) A willful neglect or refusal to acquire knowledge which one may acquire and it is his duty to
have. Book of Common Prayer.
Invincible ignorance (Theol.), ignorance beyond the individual's control and for which, therefore, he is
not responsible before God.
(Ig"no*rant) a. [F., fr. L. ignorans, -antis, p. pr. of ignorare to be ignorant. See Ignore.]
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.]
Alas, what ignorant sin have I committed?Shak.
4. Resulting from ignorance; foolish; silly.
Poor ignorant baubles! on our terrible seas,
Like eggshells moved.
Syn. Uninstructed; untaught; unenlightened; uninformed; unlearned; unlettered; illiterate. Ignorant,
Illiterate. Ignorant denotes want 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 businessShak.
Action is eloquence, and the eyes of the ignorant
More learned than the ears.
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 teachDenham.
Our zealous ignorants to preach?
(Ig"no*rant*ism) n. The spirit of those who extol the advantage of ignorance; obscurantism.
(Ig"no*rant*ist), n. One opposed to the diffusion of knowledge; an obscurantist.
(Ig"no*rant*ly), adv. In a ignorant manner; without knowledge; inadvertently.
Whom therefoer ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.Acts xvii. 23.
(Ig*nore") v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ignored ; p. pr. & vb. n. Ignoring.] [L. ignorare; pref. in- not +
the root of gnarus knowing, noscere to become acquainted with. See Know, and cf. Narrate.]
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