Definitions for ignoranceˈɪg nər əns
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
ig•no•ranceˈɪg nər əns(n.)
the state or fact of being ignorant; lack of knowledge or learning.
Origin of ignorance:
1175–1225; ME < L
the lack of knowledge or education
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
ignorance(noun)ˈɪg nər əns
lack of knowledge or understanding
The condition of being uninformed or uneducated. Lack of knowledge or information.
A personification of ignorance.
Origin: From ignorance.
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
a willful neglect or refusal to acquire knowledge which one may acquire and it is his duty to have
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
Rank popularity for the word 'ignorance' in Nouns Frequency: #2791
Translations for ignorance
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
- ignorânciaPortuguese (BR)
- die UnwissenheitGerman
- نادانی؛ بی اطلاعیFarsi
- neišmanymas, nežinojimasLithuanian
- neizglītotība; nekompetenceLatvian
- onwetendheid, onkundeDutch
- نادانی؛ بی اطلاعیPersian
- جهل، بې خبرې، ناپوهى: په عربستان كې تر اسلام دمخه زمانهPashto
- невежество; неведениеRussian
- okunnighet, ovetskapSwedish
- cehalet, bilgisizlikTurkish
- 無知Chinese (Trad.)
- неуцтво, неосвіченістьUkrainian
- sự không biết, sự ngu dốtVietnamese
- 无知Chinese (Simp.)
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