• WordNet 3.6
    • v ignore be ignorant of or in the dark about
    • v ignore give little or no attention to "Disregard the errors"
    • v ignore bar from attention or consideration "She dismissed his advances"
    • v ignore refuse to acknowledge "She cut him dead at the meeting"
    • v ignore fail to notice
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A kitten with its eyes closed, ignoring the two mice laughing behind it A kitten with its eyes closed, ignoring the two mice laughing behind it

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It is not possible to tickle yourself. The cerebellum, a part of the brain, warns the rest of the brain that you are about to tickle yourself. Since your brain knows this, it ignores the resulting sensation
    • Ignore Hence: To refuse to take notice of; to shut the eyes to; not to recognize; to disregard willfully and causelessly; as, to ignore certain facts; to ignore the presence of an objectionable person. "Ignoring Italy under our feet,
      And seeing things before, behind."
    • Ignore To be ignorant of or not acquainted with. "Philosophy would solidly be established, if men would more carefully distinguish those things that they know from those that they ignore ."
    • Ignore (Law) To throw out or reject as false or ungrounded; -- said of a bill rejected by a grand jury for lack of evidence. See Ignoramus.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Ohio, if you ignore an orator on Decoration day to such an extent as to publicly play croquet or pitch horseshoes within one mile of the speaker's stand, you can be fined $25.00.
    • ignore Not to know; be ignorant of.
    • ignore To pass over or by without notice; treat as if not known; shut the eyes to; leave out of account; disregard: as, to ignore facts.
    • ignore In law, to throw out as being unsupported by evidence. See ignoramus, 1.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the England it is illegal to sell most goods on a sunday, (this law is mostly ignored), it is however legal to sell a carrot. It is also legal to sell it at any price and to give free gifts with it, such as anything else one might want to buy on a sunday.
    • v.t Ignore ig-nōr′ wilfully to disregard: to set aside.
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  • Elbert Hubbard
    “One who limits himself to his chosen mode of ignorance.”
  • Aldous Huxley
    “Facts don't cease to exist because they are ignored.”
  • Robert Eldridge Willmott
    Robert Eldridge Willmott
    “The amplest knowledge has the largest faith. Ignorance is always incredulous.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Fear always springs from ignorance.”
  • Titus Livy
    Titus Livy
    “We fear things in proportion to our ignorance of them.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “Most fools think they are only ignorant.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. ignorare,; pref. in-, not + the root of gnarus, knowing, noscere, to become acquainted with. See Know, and cf. Narrate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. ignorāre, not to know—in, not, and gno-, root of (g)noscĕre, to know.


In literature:

The controversy was conducted upon both sides in practically total ignorance of these facts.
"Edward Caldwell Moore" by Edward Moore
The ignorant abhor darkness; it is the meat upon which their superstition feeds.
"The Grey Cloak" by Harold MacGrath
The soul is ignorant and timid, in the vast and void night, with its environment of ignorance and of other souls also blindly struggling.
"The Ascent of the Soul" by Amory H. Bradford
While they were heathens, they were too ignorant for such barbarity.
"Walker's Appeal, with a Brief Sketch of His Life" by David Walker and Henry Highland Garnet
I'm going to be a buyer for the Ignorant Rich.
"The Lee Shore" by Rose Macaulay
If Shakespeare, then, broke some of the 'rules,' it was not from ignorance.
"Shakespearean Tragedy" by A. C. Bradley
Fifty thousand men may be massed within fifty miles, and we are in ignorance.
"The Half-Hearted" by John Buchan
Our inherent ignorance is fed and nourished by experience.
"A Lost Leader" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
There's only one thing in God's whole world that can stop me, an' that's ignorance and lonesomeness.
"Destiny" by Charles Neville Buck
Lord bless your ignorance!
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 1, Complete" by Various

In poetry:

DEMON. Why, how is this, that using your free-will
More than my precept meant,
Say for what end, what object, what intent,
Through ignorance or boldness can it be,
You thus come forth the sun's bright face to see?
"The Wonder-Working Magician - Act III" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
But there's wisdom in women, of more than they have known,
And thoughts go blowing through them, are wiser than their own,
Or how should my dear one, being ignorant and young,
Have cried on love so bitterly, with so true a tongue?
"There's Wisdom In Women" by Rupert Brooke
They are the last romantics, these candles:
Upside-down hearts of light tipping wax fingers,
And the fingers, taken in by their own haloes,
Grown milky, almost clear, like the bodies of saints.
It is touching, the way they'll ignore
"Candles" by Sylvia Plath
The greatest of thy follies is forgiven,
Even for the least of all the tears that shine
On that pale cheek of thine.
Thou didst kneel down, to Him who came from heaven,
Evil and ignorant, and thou shalt rise
Holy, and pure, and wise.
"Mary Magdalen" by William Cullen Bryant
'Tis past!—'tis past!—The spreading shade
Of ignorance involves the world;
Our toils were vain—our hopes betray'd—
And freedom from her shrines is hurl'd;
She has no heroes—has no heirs—
The grave is ours—the world is theirs.
""The World Is Given To The Wicked"" by John Bowring
No miser in the good he held was he—
His kindness followed his horizon's rim.
His heart, his talents and his hands were free
To all who truly needed aught of him.
Where poverty and ignorance were rife,
He gave his bounty as he gave his life.
"Frederick Douglass" by Paul Laurence Dunbar

In news:

It's nice to know that one can never be too old to be ignorant.
Company size Large Small Ignore.
Bush Ignored Many Al-Qaida Warnings.
WASHINGTON — It is a morbid theme, but one that no superpower can ignore.
The brochure's invitation to "travel through history along our river bluff road" was too tempting to ignore.
How many ways can we ignore the environmental warning signs.
Jane Campion Talks 'Top of the Lake,' Ignoring 'CSI' Formula.
Condo board cannot ignore democratic process.
The biggest challenge facing America's struggling newspaper industry may not be the high cost of newsprint or lost ad revenue, but ignorance stoked by drive-by punditry.
Americans have tended to ignore simmering European discontent with the Bush foreign policy over the last few months.
Bass that were ignoring my plastics started slamming my frog .
Quake Ignores Class Divisions of a Poor Land.
The district's own policy, which is being followed this year but has long been ignored, doesn't allow buses to go inside gated communities.
But discovering that an ancestor was hanged or otherwise executed is still ignored by some genealogists .
It's hard to ignore the impact that geometry has had on interior design over the past few years.

In science:

According to our preceding considerations it should make a di(cid:11)erence whether the ignored value is zero or not.
Pseudo Random Coins Show More Heads Than Tails
To obtain the extremal characteristics, we employed the scaling behavior of the size distribution outside the scaling regime, namely, at sizes much larger than the typical size where, at least formally, statistical fluctuations can no longer be ignored.
Leadership Statistics in Random Structures
M T 20 term is ignored) for m-selected galaxies in the north field.
Observations of cluster substructure using weakly lensed sextupole moments
We obtain this quantity via a fitting procedure, in which we ignore the data up to a time t0 , chosen such that f (t) shows exponential time behavior for t > t0 .
Nucleation times in the 2D Ising model
We show that the previously ignored “magnetic” component may provide a correction of up to 10%, or so, to the usual “electric” component of the response function.
Components of the gravitational force in the field of a gravitational wave