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Lacking knowledge; ignorant.‘I ventured into the new Korean restaurant with some equally nescient companions’
ignorant, unenlightened, uneducated, unschooled, untutored, illiterate, unlettered, unlearned, unscholarly, unread, uninformed, backward, simple
- ‘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.’
Late Middle English from Latin nescient- ‘not knowing’, from the verb nescire, from ne- ‘not’ + scire ‘know’.
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