Synonym for lack of understanding

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[ ig-ner-uhnt ]

/ ˈɪg nər ənt /

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lacking in knowledge or training; unlearned: an ignorant man.

lacking knowledge or information as to a particular subject or fact: ignorant of quantum physics.

uninformed; unaware.

due to or showing lack of knowledge or training: an ignorant statement.


1 uninstructed, untutored, untaught.

2 unenlightened.

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1 literate.

2 learned.

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Origin of ignorant

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English ignora(u)nt from Latin ignōrant- (stem of ignōrāns ), present participle of ignōrāre “to ignore; ” see -ant

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1. Ignorant, illiterate, unlettered, uneducated mean lacking in knowledge or in training. Ignorant may mean knowing little or nothing, or it may mean uninformed about a particular subject: An ignorant person can be dangerous. I confess I'm ignorant of mathematics. Illiterate originally meant lacking a knowledge of literature or similar learning, but is most often applied now to one unable to read or write: necessary training for illiterate soldiers. Unlettered emphasizes the idea of being without knowledge of literature: unlettered though highly trained in science. Uneducated refers especially to lack of schooling or to lack of access to a body of knowledge equivalent to that learned in schools: uneducated but highly intelligent. None of these words mean "lacking in intelligence."

historical usage of ignorant

Ignorant comes via Old French from Latin ignōrant-, the inflectional stem of ignōrāns, the present participle of ignōrāre “to be unaware of, be ignorant of, not know. ” Ignōrāre also means “to disregard” and is the source of English ignore. Ignōrāre is related to the Latin verb gnoscere (more commonly noscere ) “to know,” from the same Proto-Indo-European root gnō- “to know” as English know and Slavic (Polish) znać “to know.” An interesting use of ignorant appears in Mark Twain’s “Old Times on the Mississippi,” an essay he wrote for The Atlantic Monthly in 1875 and that was later incorporated into chapter 4 of Life on the Mississippi (1883): “This fellow had money, too, and hair oil. Also an ignorant silver watch and a showy brass watch chain.” By transferring the “lacking in knowledge” sense of ignorant from human beings to an object, the ever-clever Twain beautifully and succinctly described a timepiece that doesn’t tell the correct time.


ig·no·rant·ly, adverbnon·ig·no·rant, adjectivenon·ig·no·rant·ly, adverbqua·si-ig·no·rant, adjective

qua·si-ig·no·rant·ly, adverbself-ig·no·rant, adjectivesu·per·ig·no·rant, adjectivesu·per·ig·no·rant·ly, adverbun·ig·no·rant, adjectiveun·ig·no·rant·ly, adverb


ignorant , stupid

Words nearby ignorant

ignominious, ignominy, ignoramus, ignorance, Ignorance is bliss, ignorant, ignoratio elenchi, ignore, ignotum per ignotius, Igorot, Igraine

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Words related to ignorant

illiterate, innocent, naive, oblivious, obtuse, uneducated, uninformed, apprenticed, benighted, birdbrained, cretinous, dense, green, imbecilic, inexperienced, insensible, in the dark, mindless, misinformed, moronic

How to use ignorant in a sentence

  • He is ignorant of the nation’s story, dismissive of its conventions and unmoved by its romance.

    Republicans, it isn’t too late to stand up for the nation|Michael Gerson|December 3, 2020|Washington Post

  • For decades, many have been ignorant of the connection between ecosystem health and infectious disease.

    The fight to stop the next pandemic starts in the jungles of Borneo|Brian Barth|December 2, 2020|Popular-Science

  • Next to her, the English Doyles are parochial and sorely ignorant, while Mexico City Noémi is widely read, intelligent, and well-traveled.

    Gothic novels are obsessed with borders. Mexican Gothic takes full advantage.|Constance Grady|October 16, 2020|Vox

  • They know exactly what makes their products sell, and consumers are generally happy to remain ignorant of the actual explanation for.

    Egg yolk color doesn’t mean what you think it does|PopSci Staff|October 15, 2020|Popular-Science

  • Chemists analyze molecular bonds but remain blissfully ignorant of quarks and gluons.

    How Mathematical ‘Hocus-Pocus’ Saved Particle Physics|Charlie Wood|September 17, 2020|Quanta Magazine

  • They must be really ignorant in Europe if they think that the next Russian president will be better.

    Think Putin’s Bad? Wait for the Next Guy|Anna Nemtsova|November 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • And there are those who are happily ignorant, and prefer to remain that way.

    There Are More 'Too Many Cooks' Where That First Fever Dream Came From|Kevin Fallon|November 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • And survey after survey proves an embarrassingly high percentage of Americans are largely ignorant of how our government works.

    Baseball’s Problem Is Politics’ Problem|Doug McIntyre|November 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • Some call this HIV anxiety ignorant, and argue that protocols on both sides of the industry are efficient in their own ways.

    Risky Business or None of Your Business? Gay XXX Films and the Condom Question|Aurora Snow|November 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • Just like Watson, Ansari is daring to elicit antagonism and ignorant accusations on account of his feminist beliefs.

    The Perils of Glitzy Celebrity Feminism Having a Moment|Amy Zimmerman|October 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST

  • But he was ignorant of that part of the horrid tale; and the Duke, in a milder voice, bade him rise.

    The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter

  • His wife was ignorant of the cause of his staying out so long, and suffered greatly from anxiety about his welfare.

    The Book of Anecdotes and Budget of Fun;|Various

  • What children they were with their simple unmorality of artists, as ignorant of the real world as babes in a wood!

    Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton

  • Reginald never spoke to her of such things; perhaps she was too ignorant to understand.

    The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke

  • I am so young and inexperienced, and so ignorant of agricultural matters, I should make a poor farmer.

    The World Before Them|Susanna Moodie

British Dictionary definitions for ignorant


/ (ˈɪɡnərənt) /


lacking in knowledge or education; unenlightened

(postpositive often foll by of) lacking in awareness or knowledge (of)ignorant of the law

resulting from or showing lack of knowledge or awarenessan ignorant remark

Derived forms of ignorant

ignorantly, adverb

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lack of understanding synonym | English synonyms dictionary


      n   absence, dearth, deficiency, deprivation, destitution, insufficiency, need, privation, scantiness, scarcity, shortage, shortcoming, shortness, want  

      vb   be deficient in, be short of, be without, miss, need, require, want  
,       n   abundance, adequacy, excess, plentifulness, sufficiency, surplus  
      vb   enjoy, have, own, possess  

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lackey, lacking, lace, lacy

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a person who has a lack of experience, skill or knowledge in a particular sphere or activity, especially computing or the use of the Internet

[Slang];[Pej.] Also written "n00b" (with zeros). The word came from "newb" or "newbie" which refers to someone who is just starting out in the use of the Net.


wave hand as a sign of rejection, disapproval or lack of interest


the lack or denial of cedric considered to be a necessity. Noticeable signs of ced deprivation include: excessive sleepiness. frequent yawning. irritability. daytime fatigue. untimely illnesses.


Qualifies a person who has a deep understanding of a certain topic, usually feminism.

Example: Love hearing Daniel Radcliffe praise the HeForShe campaign, he is so woke!'

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The word misunderstanding - synonyms in the dictionary


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Antonym - understanding

Meaning of the word misunderstanding – (eng. misunderstanding) cf. Lack of understanding; inability to understand smth.

9case Singular Plural Nominative misunderstanding misunderstandings Genitive misunderstandings misunderstandings Dative misunderstanding misunderstandings Accusative misunderstanding misunderstandings Creative misunderstanding misunderstandings Prepositional misunderstanding misunderstandings

The word ❝misunderstanding❞ in Russian literature

Therefore, Filat now trembled and was frightened from a misunderstanding of the shooting

Platonov Andrey Platonovich “Yamskaya Sloboda”

Lera's eyes turned around, there was a warm greenish glow in them, the former and everlasting charm and submissive incomprehension. But no self-confidence either

Zaitsev Boris Konstantinovich “Youth”

From the misunderstanding of this harsh truth - all our fiery desires, all the thirst for pleasures that require money and money - accumulation and again squandering

Tolstoy Alexei Nikolaevich “ Freaks"

There were two obstacles: Chekhov's unwillingness and Stanislavsky's misunderstanding

Zaitsev Boris Konstantinovich "Chekhov"

The parties wanted to resolve this mutual misunderstanding with the help of Viennese chairs and empty beer bottles, and, probably, a real massacre would have occurred , if Melyude had not interfered in the matter, because of which, in fact, the whole story came out

Mamin-Sibiryak Dmitry Narkisovich “Features from the life of Pepko”

And such a misunderstanding! You need to understand me . .. Here Yuri is a different matter ... "Yuri understands?" - If I'm bad - what is! I didn't make myself like this! Well, now there is nothing to teach me

Gippius Zinaida Nikolaevna “Devil’s Doll”

“But it’s so simple,” he was surprised at my lack of understanding, “you know that light is a kind of extremely fast ethereal oscillations, or, according to other views, streams of flying “quantum perceived by the nerve ganglia of our eye

Nikolsky Vadim Dmitrievich “After a thousand years“

My artist looked at life with fatigue and contempt, not reconciling with human vulgarity, pettiness, envy and misunderstanding of the impulses of the creative soul

Kuprin Alexander Ivanovich "Chary"

What is this, the curse of friendship? misunderstanding or non-recognition of its rights and obligations? God save me! I would only exclude the word “duties” from the feeling of friendship, and the word “friendship” is also

Goncharov Ivan Aleksandrovich “Pallada Frigate”. Volume 1“

And when he listened, he perceived, as something forgotten and familiar, everything that confirmed the general meaning of this teaching, and passed by his ears that which did not confirm it, attributing it to his misunderstanding. And since that time, Stepan has become a different person

Tolstoy Lev Nikolaevich “False Coupon“

She smiled and teased her brother with feigned incomprehension. - It wasn’t, - I say so ... It seems to me

Sologub Fedor Kuzmich “Heavy Dreams“

Synonym for misunderstanding

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All synonyms for the word "misunderstanding"

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# Synonym Number of letters Synonym type
1 whiteness 11 letters Word
2 misunderstanding 17 letters nine0026 Word
3 kindergarten 11 letters Phrase
4 6 letters Word
5 nub 10 letters Word
6 misunderstanding 13 letters Word
7 misunderstandings 9 letters nine0026 Word
8 misunderstanding 11 letters Word
9 20 letters Phrase
10 inability to understand 15 letters Phrase
11 lack of understanding 20 letters Phrase
12 ramses Word

Synonyms for the word "misunderstanding" - 5 letters.

# Synonym Number of letters Synonym type
13 ramses 5 letters Word

Synonyms for the word "misunderstanding" - 6 letters.

nine0078 Synonym nine0027
# Number of letters Synonym type
14 nevrub 6 letters Word

Synonyms for the word "misunderstanding" - 9 letters.

# Synonym Number of letters Synonym type
15 misunderstandings 9 letters Word

Synonyms for the word "misunderstanding" - 10 letters.

nine0078 Synonym type
# Synonym Number of letters
16 nub 10 letters Word

Synonyms for the word "misunderstanding" - 11 letters.

nine0029 Word
# Synonym Number of letters Synonym type
17 whiteness 11 letters
18 kindergarten 11 letters Phrase
19 misunderstanding 11 letters Word

Synonyms for the word "misunderstanding" - 13 letters.

nine0078 Synonym type
# Synonym Number of letters
20 misunderstanding 13 letters Word

Synonyms for the word "misunderstanding" - 15 letters.

# Synonym Number of letters Synonym type
21 inability to understand 15 letters nine0026 Phrase

Synonyms for the word "misunderstanding" - 17 letters.

# Synonym Number of letters Synonym type
22 misunderstanding 17 letters Word

Synonyms for the word "misunderstanding" - 20 letters.

nine0078 Synonym nine0027
# Number of letters Synonym type
23 inability to understand 20 letters Phrase
24 lack of understanding 20 letters Phrase


Synonyms for the word incomprehension are words close in meaning to the word incomprehension, which easily replace it in texts and in conversation. Total found synonyms for the word misunderstanding - 25 pcs. They can include both words and phrases. Of the found synonyms, words - 16 pieces, and synonymous phrases - 8 pieces. Very often, especially when solving crossword puzzles, the question arises: "A synonym for the word misunderstanding", therefore, our dictionary also presents the number of letters that make up one or another synonym. The smallest synonym for the word misunderstanding consists of 5 letters, and the longest one consists of 20 letters. You can find the desired synonym word by the number of letters using the table above, and specifically the number of letters column. nine0003

About synonyms

Without the words of synonyms in texts of various nature, whether it be narration, reasoning, motivation, one cannot do without overcoming the unjustified repetition of the same word. Also, the use of synonymous words instead of misunderstanding is used in the literature as a way of linking adjacent sentences in the text. In the style of Russian literature, when a text is written, the repetition of the same words is identified as a tautology and is a gross lexical error. Thus, when presenting the text at the initial stage, one of the keywords of the synonym is used, and further along the text, synonyms that are suitable in meaning are already used, revealing and reinforcing the theme of the text for a broader presentation. nine0003

For example, the original word “misunderstanding”, further, depending on the necessary applicability, is replaced by belmesity, mutual misunderstanding, kindergarten, nevrub, nevrubiya, misunderstanding, misunderstanding, incomprehension, inability to understand, inability to understand, lack of understanding, ramsas.

Do not forget that, due to their qualities, synonyms can be applied using the prefix “not” to antonyms, words that are opposite in meaning. At the same time, the lexical meaning of the formed word of the antonym with the prefix is ​​not also characterized as a synonym. nine0003

The word is characterized as a synonym and polysemantic words that form a complex word combination of words in their polysemy according to the lexical meaning of one of the words of the proposed synonym in the context.

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