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Synonyms

ignorant

adjective

not knowing something that you should know or need to know

unacquainted

adjective

formal without knowledge of something

unknowing

adjective

not knowing what kind of situation you are involved in, for example because someone has tricked or cheated you

unsuspecting

adjective

not knowing about something that is happening or will happen

unfamiliar

adjective

if you are unfamiliar with something, you have no knowledge or experience of it

uninformed

adjective

without knowledge or information about something

lost

adjective

unable to understand something because it is extremely complicated

hazy

adjective

informal if you are hazy about a particular subject, you do not know or understand much about it

illiterate

adjective

lacking knowledge in a particular subject

ill-informed

adjective

showing a lack of knowledge of a particular subject

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a fish out of water

someone who is in a situation that they know nothing about or are not used to

blind

adjective

unable to realize or admit the truth about something

the blind leading the blind

a situation in which the people who are giving advice or instructions do not know more than the people they are trying to help

blindly

adverb

without having the information you need

blissful ignorance

a state in which you do not know about something unpleasant or worrying, so it does not make you unhappy

disorientated

adjective

confused about where you are or what direction you are moving in

disoriented

adjective

disorientated

heedless

adjective

mainly literary not realizing that a situation may be dangerous

ignorance

noun

lack of knowledge or facts about a situation or a particular subject

ill-informed

adjective

an ill-informed person does not have much knowledge of a particular subject

in/out of the loop

belonging or not belonging to a group that has information and makes decisions about something

insensible

adjective

formal not realizing or noticing something

insensitive

adjective

not realizing the importance of something so that you do not take the necessary action to deal with it

in the dark (about something)

not knowing very much about something, because other people are keeping it secret from you

lost

adjective

not knowing where you are or how to get to where you want to go

oblivious

adjective

not noticing something, or not knowing about it

out of it

not conscious of what is happening, especially because you are drunk or have taken drugs

removed

adjective

without enough knowledge of a particular subject, issue, situation etc to be effective

shaky

adjective

lacking the knowledge or skill to do something well

stuck for an answer

not knowing how to solve a problem, or answer a question that someone asks you

stump

verb

informal if you are stumped by something, you cannot explain or answer it

unaware

adjective

not realizing that something exists or is happening

the uninitiated

adjective

lacking knowledge or experience of something

unknowingly

adverb

without realizing what kind of situation you are involved in, for example because someone has tricked or cheated you

unseeing

adjective

literary not conscious of what you are looking at, for example because you are upset

veil

noun

a lack of knowledge or information that prevents you from discovering the truth

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hygge

a lifestyle focussing on simple pleasures such as comfort and cosiness in the home, and spending time with friends and family

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sofar

a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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