know nothingism

know-nothing

[noh-nuhth-ing]
noun
1.
an ignorant or totally uninformed person; ignoramus.
2.
3.
(initial capital letters) U.S. History. a member of a political party (American party or Know-Nothing party) 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.
adjective
5.
grossly ignorant; totally uninformed.
7.
(initial capital letters) of or pertaining to the Know-Nothings.
8.
of or pertaining to a political know-nothing.

Origin:
1815–25

know-nothingism, noun
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know-nothing
 
n
informal, derogatory an ignorant person

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