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Ignorant? Ignoramus? Ignoraunt?

Author J. Davis. Published on May 21, 2011 - 3:27 am (4810 views — 259 words)

The word ignorant gets thrown around a lot. It seems people mistake this word to mean stupid but that is not correct. People use phrases like Thats so ignorant or Hes ignorant. In the UK the phrase ignoramus is popularly used in the same manner.

The actual definition of the word ignorant is to be uninformed or lacking knowledge about a subject. A person who is ignorant genuinely doesn't know any better. They are not being rude or discourteous, they just dont understand.

The term ignorance is bliss means that you would rather not even know the truth about something. It doesnt mean you would rather be stupid or dumb. For instance a lot of people dont know what all ingredients go into chicken nuggets or hot dogs but they love the taste and would rather not know what is in it.

The word ignorant is taken from the Middle English word "ignoraunt" which comes from the Old French "ignorant" in its turn taken from the Latin word "ignorare" meaning to be ignorant or to not know.

In its various forms ignorant can be termed as nescient, uninstructed, uneducated, illiterate, unlearned, untaught, unschooled, innocent, backward, primitive, unenlightened, oblivious etc. Antonyms of ignorant include educated, literate, talented, intelligent, aware, wise etc.

Ignorance is generally not a permanent trait and it can be countered or removed by providing information or spreading awareness. "He was blissfully unaware of any danger till he saw that the lion was just a few feet away from him". The act of seeing here takes away ignorance.