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know-nothing

A completely ignorant, uninformed, or unknowledgeable person. I wish my father had never hired a know-nothing like you to manage our accounts!
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Week by week, through this spread of anti-science know-nothingism, were in danger of taking great leaps backward from our hard-won scientific leadership.
It's very dismaying," he adds, "to see that 30-year descent into the kind of nihilism, know-nothingism that is represented by the Republican Party today.
If they are not, ifas I arguedthey represent a kind of bigotry and paranoia akin to anti-Semitism, Know-Nothingism, or McCarthyism, it is not particularly relevant whether equally paranoid or odious views are prevalent elsewhere in the world.
16) "Small-Pox among Chinese Immigrants at San Francisco Know-Nothingism," New York Times, 28 May 1873, 1.
Political parties do go out of business in American history, and this one deserves to die--with its aggressive know-nothingism, its avaricious, punitive religious extremism (the religious part often being fake), its stunning inattention to financial malfeasance in areas under its direct supervision, and its gross incompetent mismanagement of the nation's strategic interests.
The vestiges of know-nothingism remained opposed to immigration, inveighed against public financing of Catholic schools, remained suspicious of Catholic political control of government jobs in big cities, and, generally, fed fears of the watering down of nativism and national values.
There is a definite Know-Nothingism that infects some portion of the anti-immigration crowd.
They weren't as blatant about it as, say, the leftist entertainer-documentarian Michael Moore, but there was a whiff of classic know-nothingism to Shrum-clone candidates-nativisim, isolationism, protectionism, paranoia.
And, finally, there is the luminous Know-Nothingism of the student who wouldn't know Christ if he came down from the cross and proselytized her personally, a Valley Girlishness available to all and so innocent in its obliviousness as to amount, almost, to a kind of wisdom.
History suggests there's a self-correcting impulse in American politics--a return to common sense and balance that's sure in time to start rescuing states and cities from antitax Know-Nothingism, and all of us from the abyss of the Bush deficits.
It is the baneful consequences of their acts and policies that concern us: fomenting anti-Americanism, encouraging antiscience know-nothingism, intruding government into doctor-patient relationships and intimate family decisions on life and death, and substituting dogma for democratic debate.
Bush was nominated to be president, when quite a few conservatives responded to the widespread put-downs of Bush's intelligence by embracing literal know-nothingism.
Instead of benefiting from such advantages, Russell had donned a carapace of cocksure know-nothingism that soon turned from a raiment into a second skin.
The first is old-fashioned know-nothingism, a studied ignorance of the outside world that is a peculiar strain of the American culture.