What is the difference between ignorant and uninformed? In ordinary usage, is one considered a put down and the other considered a statement of fact? If so, why? Am I ignorant or simply uninformed?
As can be seen from the form of the word, ‘ignorant’, strictly speaking, means ‘having ignorance, ignoring the facts, not caring’. However, as is often the case, people use the word loosely to suggest lack of knowledge. It is certainly pejorative. It can also imply lack of social grace, particularly in the expression ‘pig ignorant’.
I would say ‘uninformed’ was designed to be emotionally neutral, a mere statement of fact that someone is not in full possession of the facts. However, the manner of delivery of the word can convey contempt. If a governmental policy etc. is described as uninformed, it implies that not enough trouble has been taken to ascertain the facts.