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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR IGNORANT

While I have gathered foreign jewels, I have been ignorant of the gems in my own family.

That matron, like most Grecian women, was ignorant of her own written language.

Her parents knew of this fact, but mine were ignorant of it.

Whether I will be permitted again to look upon your dear faces, I also am ignorant.

The danger of the control of an ignorant electorate has therefore passed.

There was danger, too--and the greatest--from Viviette, ignorant of Destiny.

She could be fierce and wicked; she is ignorant and bitter about many things; I am afraid for her.

What is there that one of us knows, of which the others are ignorant?

So she planned her battle, ignorant that she had lost already.

They are people to make difficulties, and are ignorant of the bylaws of conscience.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., from Old French ignorant (14c.), from Latin ignorantia, from ignorantem (nominative ignorans), present participle of ignorare "not to know, to be unacquainted; mistake, misunderstand; take no notice of, pay no attention to," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + Old Latin gnarus "aware, acquainted with" (cf. Classical Latin noscere "to know," notus "known"), from Proto-Latin suffixed form *gno-ro-, related to gnoscere "to know" (see know).

Form influenced by Latin ignotus "unknown." Cf. also uncouth. Colloquial sense of "ill-mannered" first attested 1886. As a noun meaning "ignorant person" from mid-15c.

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