Let's Compare Ignorant and Stupid


Ignorance is a state of being uninformed.

ignorant adj 1: lacking general education or knowledge; "an ignorant man"; "nescient of contemporary literature"; "an unlearned group incapable of understanding complex issues"; "exhibiting contempt for his unlettered companions" [syn: {nescient}, {unenlightened}, {unlearned}, {unlettered}] 2: ignorant of the fundamentals of a given art or branch of knowledge; "ignorant of quantum mechanics"; "musically illiterate" [syn: {illiterate}] 3: lacking basic knowledge; "how can someone that age be so ignorant?"; "inexperienced and new to the real world" [syn: {inexperienced}] 4: used of things; lacking sense or awareness; "ignorant hope"; "fine innocent weather" [syn: {innocent}] 5: lacking knowledge or skill; "unversed in the jargon of the social scientist" [syn: {unversed}] [ant: {versed}] 6: lacking information or knowledge; "an unknowledgeable assistant" [syn: {unknowledgeable}, {unknowing}, {unwitting}]

122 Moby Thesaurus words for "ignorant": a novice at, a stranger to, awkward, benighted, blankminded, boorish, brainless, callow, crude, disaccustomed, discourteous, dumb, empty, empty-headed, foolish, fresh, gauche, green, green as grass, groping, gross, headless, ill-mannered, illiterate, immature, impolite, in the dark, inane, incognizant, inept, inexperienced, ingenuous, innocent, insensate, irrational, know-nothing, lackbrained, lean-minded, lean-witted, lowbrow, mindless, naive, nescient, new to, not bright, oblivious, of little brain, pea-brained, pin-brained, raw, reasonless, rude, rusty, senseless, simple, slackminded, slackwitted, strange to, tentative, unaccustomed, unaccustomed to, unacquainted, unacquainted with, unapprized, unaware, uncivil, uncomprehending, unconscious, unconversant, unconversant with, uncouth, uncultured, undeveloped, uneducated, unenlightened, unexperienced, unfamiliar, unfamiliar with, unfledged, ungifted, unhabituated, unhardened, unilluminated, uninformed, uninitiated, uninitiated in, uninstructed, unintellectual, unintelligent, uninured, unknowing, unlearned, unlettered, unmatured, unposted, unpracticed, unpracticed in, unprogressive, unread, unreasoning, unripe, unschooled, unseasoned, unskilled in, unsophisticated, unsure, untalented, untaught, unthinking, untrained, untried, untutored, unused, unused to, unversed, unversed in, unwise, unwitting, unwonted, vacuous, weaned, witless

Ignorant \Ig"no*rant\, a. [F., fr. L. ignorans, -antis, p. pr. of ignorare to be ignorant. See {Ignore}.] 1. Destitute of knowledge; uninstructed or uninformed; untaught; unenlightened. [1913 Webster] He that doth not know those things which are of use for him to know, is but an ignorant man, whatever he may know besides. --Tillotson. [1913 Webster] 2. Unacquainted with; unconscious or unaware; -- used with of. [1913 Webster] Ignorant of guilt, I fear not shame. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 3. Unknown; undiscovered. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Ignorant concealment. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Alas, what ignorant sin have I committed? --Shak. [1913 Webster] 4. Resulting from ignorance; foolish; silly. [1913 Webster] His shipping, Poor ignorant baubles! -- on our terrible seas, Like eggshells moved. --Shak. Syn: Uninstructed; untaught; unenlightened; uninformed; unlearned; unlettered; illiterate. -- {Ignorant}, {Illiterate}. Ignorant denotes lack of knowledge, either as to single subject or information in general; illiterate refers to an ignorance of letters, or of knowledge acquired by reading and study. In the Middle Ages, a great proportion of the higher classes were illiterate, and yet were far from being ignorant, especially in regard to war and other active pursuits. [1913 Webster] In such business Action is eloquence, and the eyes of the ignorant More learned than the ears. --Shak. [1913 Webster] In the first ages of Christianity, not only the learned and the wise, but the ignorant and illiterate, embraced torments and death. --Tillotson. [1913 Webster]

Ignorant \Ig"no*rant\, n. A person untaught or uninformed; one unlettered or unskilled; an ignoramous. [1913 Webster] Did I for this take pains to teach Our zealous ignorants to preach? --Denham. [1913 Webster]


Stupidity is a lack of intelligence, understanding, reason, wit, or sense. It may be innate, assumed, or reactive - "being 'stupid with grief' as a defence against psychological trauma", a state marked with "grief and despair...making even simple daily tasks a hardship."

stupid adj 1: lacking or marked by lack of intellectual acuity [ant: {smart}] 2: in a state of mental numbness especially as resulting from shock; "he had a dazed expression on his face"; "lay semiconscious, stunned (or stupefied) by the blow"; "was stupid from fatigue" [syn: {dazed}, {stunned}, {stupefied}, {stupid(p)}] 3: without much intelligence; "a dull job with lazy and unintelligent co-workers" [syn: {unintelligent}] [ant: {intelligent}] n : a person who is not very bright; "The economy, stupid!" [syn: {stupid person}, {dullard}, {dolt}, {pudding head}, {pudden-head}, {poor fish}, {pillock}]

179 Moby Thesaurus words for "stupid": Boeotian, absurd, addled, apish, asinine, backward, balmy, barmy, batty, beef-brained, beef-witted, beetleheaded, befooled, beguiled, besotted, blear-eyed, blear-witted, block, blockheaded, blockish, boneheaded, bootless, boring, bovine, brainless, brute, brutish, buffoonish, chuckleheaded, chumpish, clod, cloddish, cockamamie, cockeyed, cowish, crass, crazy, credulous, cretinous, cuckoo, daffy, daft, dazed, dense, dim, dim-witted, dimwit, dizzy, dolt, doltish, donkey, dope, dopey, doting, dozy, dull, dull-witted, dullard, dullhead, dumb, dumb cluck, dumbbell, dummkopf, dummy, dunce, duncical, duncish, empty-headed, fat, fatheaded, fatuitous, fatuous, flaky, fond, fool, foolhardy, foolheaded, foolish, frivolous, fuddled, futile, gaga, goofy, goosey, gowk, gross, gulled, half-assed, half-baked, half-witted, ho-hum, humdrum, idiot, idiotic, ignoramus, ill-advised, imbecile, imbecilic, inane, ineducable, inept, infatuated, insane, insipid, irrational, irresponsible, jerky, jobbernowl, klutzy, kooky, lackwit, lamebrain, laughable, lightweight, looby, loon, loony, ludicrous, lumbering, lumpish, mad, maudlin, mindless, monotonous, moron, moronic, niais, nincompoop, ninny, ninnyhammer, nitwit, noddy, nonsensical, numskulled, nutty, oafish, obtuse, opaque, pinhead, prosaic, put, retarded, ridiculous, risible, sappy, scatterbrained, screwy, senseless, sentimental, silly, simple, simpleton, slow, slow-witted, sluggish, sottish, stolid, subnormal, tedious, thick, thick-witted, thickheaded, thickwit, thoughtless, tiresome, torpid, unimaginative, uninspired, unintelligent, uninteresting, unteachable, vacuous, vapid, wacky, weak-minded, wet, witless, witling, wrongheaded

Stupid \Stu"pid\, a. [L. stupidus, fr. stupere to be stupefied: cf. F. stupide.] 1. Very dull; insensible; senseless; wanting in understanding; heavy; sluggish; in a state of stupor; -- said of persons. [1913 Webster] O that men . . . should be so stupid grown . . . As to forsake the living God! --Milton. [1913 Webster] With wild surprise, A moment stupid, motionless he stood. --Thomson. [1913 Webster] 2. Resulting from, or evincing, stupidity; formed without skill or genius; dull; heavy; -- said of things. [1913 Webster] Observe what loads of stupid rhymes Oppress us in corrupted times. --Swift. [1913 Webster] Syn: Simple; insensible; sluggish; senseless; doltish; sottish; dull; heavy; clodpated. -- {Stu"pid*ly}, adv. -- {Stu"pid*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

Data Sources:

  • ignorant: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • ignorant: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • ignorant: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • ignorant: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • stupid: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • stupid: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • stupid: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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