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know-noth•ing



Pronunciation: (nō'nuth"ing), [key]
n.
1. an ignorant or totally uninformed person; ignoramus.
2. an agnostic.
3. (caps.) U.S. Hist.a member of a political party (American party or Know'-Noth"ing par"ty) prominent from 1853 to 1856, whose aim was to keep control of the government in the hands of native-born citizens: so called because members originally professed ignorance of the party's activities.
4. a person whose anti-intellectualism, xenophobia, and other political attitudes recall the Know-Nothings.

adj.
1. grossly ignorant; totally uninformed.
2. agnostic.
3. (caps.) of or pertaining to the Know-Nothings.
4. of or pertaining to a political know-nothing.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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