The answer to this is probably painfully obvious, but is there a verb to describe "being ignorant"?

I was discussing a sensitive subject with an LGBT friend and we touched on the ignorance of a certain individual. I was about to use a modified "haters gonna hate", but "ignorants gonna ignorant" is awful.

I wasn't going for grammatical excellence, the intention was to be silly, but it occurred to me that I've never learned a word to describe the act of being ignorant. Or perhaps I have and never made the connection.

Is there one?

Edit: This is not a duplicate of the suggested question. I'm looking to maintain the negative connotation of the word.

  • Not a duplicate. I'm looking to maintain the negative connotation of the word.
    – Sabrina
    Commented Nov 10, 2015 at 18:45
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    isn't it just ignore... ignorants gonna ignore OR ignorers gonna ignore
    – Ben
    Commented Nov 10, 2015 at 19:07
  • Hence my mention of "painfully obvious". I hadn't even considered that ignore is the root of ignorant! :P
    – Sabrina
    Commented Nov 10, 2015 at 20:06

3 Answers 3


ignoramuses are going to ignore

noun ig·no·ra·mus \ˌig-nə-ˈrā-məs also -ˈra-\ : a person who does not know much : an ignorant or stupid person Merriam Webster

1.1 Fail to consider (something significant):
the rules ignore one important principle of cricket Oxford Dictionaries

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    Haters gonna hate", but "ignoramuses gonna ignore", sounds pretty good to me, much better than my suggestions.
    – JCG
    Commented Nov 10, 2015 at 19:12
  • This is perfect. And @JCG's modification to fit the "haters gonna hate" syntax is exactly what I was looking for. Thank you both :)
    – Sabrina
    Commented Nov 10, 2015 at 20:08

While there probably is a slew of verbs that could encapsulate the same sentiment, these two stand out in my mind:

Dumb down - to lower the level of difficulty and the intellectual content of

Suppress - 5 a : to restrain from a usual course or action b : to inhibit the growth or development of


When I look at the word ignorance I think of a person who is actively ignoring as I use it in a sentence such as:

If anyone persist in his deliberant ignorance ...

I cannot think of another way to express it in written form.

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