Definitions for ignoranceˈɪg nər əns

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ig•no•ranceˈɪg nər əns(n.)

  1. the state or fact of being ignorant; lack of knowledge or learning.

Origin of ignorance:

1175–1225; ME < L

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ignorance(noun)

    the lack of knowledge or education

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. ignorance(noun)ˈɪg nər əns

    lack of knowledge or understanding

    political ignorance


  1. ignorance(Noun)

    The condition of being uninformed or uneducated. Lack of knowledge or information.

  2. Ignorance(ProperNoun)

    A personification of ignorance.

  3. Origin: From ignorance.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ignorance(noun)

    the condition of being ignorant; the want of knowledge in general, or in relation to a particular subject; the state of being uneducated or uninformed

  2. Ignorance(noun)

    a willful neglect or refusal to acquire knowledge which one may acquire and it is his duty to have


  1. Ignorance

    Ignorance is a state of being uninformed. The word ignorant is an adjective describing a person in the state of being unaware and is often used as an insult to describe individuals who deliberately ignore or disregard important information or facts. Ignoramus is commonly used in the US, the UK, and Ireland as a term for someone who is willfully ignorant. Ignorance is distinguished from stupidity, although both can lead to "unwise" acts. Writer Thomas Pynchon articulated about the scope and structure of one's ignorance: "Ignorance is not just a blank space on a person's mental map. It has contours and coherence, and for all I know rules of operation as well. So as a corollary to [the advice of] writing about what we know, maybe we should add getting familiar with our ignorance, and the possibilities therein for writing a good story." The legal principle that ignorantia juris non excusat, literally "ignorance of the law is no excuse", stands for the proposition that the law applies also to those who are unaware of it.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'ignorance' in Nouns Frequency: #2791

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