Meaning of nescient in English:


Pronunciation /ˈnɛsɪənt/


  • Lacking knowledge; ignorant.

    ‘I ventured into the new Korean restaurant with some equally nescient companions’
    • ‘Echoing Goethe's Romantic interpretation and adulation, Belinsky's Bard ‘understood heaven, earth, and hell’ but was, nonetheless, an ‘ignoramus’, nescient of the meaning of his own plays.’
    • ‘This means I can get whipped up into a state of ill-informed indignation, because if I'm going to get indignant it may as well be in quite a pompous and nescient fashion.’
    • ‘The cluelessness in his expression's so nescient that it's something close to profound.’
    ignorant, unenlightened, uneducated, unschooled, untutored, illiterate, unlettered, unlearned, unscholarly, unread, uninformed, backward, simple


Late Middle English from Latin nescient- ‘not knowing’, from the verb nescire, from ne- ‘not’ + scire ‘know’.