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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR IGNORANTLY

And what is the meaning of "I did it ignorantly" but that I did it out of folly, not malice?

And Ruffo, all ignorantly and unconsciously, had pierced the heart of Hermione.

He's that ignorantly innocent, wild geese is as wise as serpents to him.

No pledges that I had ignorantly made to such scoundrels could bind me.

I meditate much, ignorantly and fumblingly, on the modes and purposes of writing.

He made a bad blunder; but he made it honestly and ignorantly.

It was led to me by some amazing attraction which I exercise over it ignorantly.

From first to last his testimony is, "I did it ignorantly, in unbelief."

The mischief is the same whether a man does it ignorantly or knowingly.

Else you may either run into it ignorantly, or oppose a duty as if it were persecution.

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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