What does ignorance mean?

Definitions for ignorance
ˈɪg nər ənsig·no·rance

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word ignorance.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ignorance(noun)

    the lack of knowledge or education

Wiktionary

  1. ignorance(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From ignorance.

  2. Ignorance(ProperNoun)

    A personification of ignorance.

    Etymology: 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

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. ignorantia.]

  2. Ignorance(noun)

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

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. ignorantia.]

Freebase

  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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. ignorance

    If a loss happen through the ignorance of the master of a ship, it is not considered as a peril of the sea; consequently the assurers are not liable. Nor is his ignorance of admiralty-law admissible as an excuse.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

How to pronounce ignorance?

  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

How to say ignorance in sign language?

  1. ignorance

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ignorance in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ignorance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of ignorance in a Sentence

  1. Martin Luther King, Jr.:

    Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and consciencious stupidity.

  2. Saint Jerome:

    It is worse still to be ignorant of your ignorance.

  3. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo:

    Its ignorance is intolerance. But it's also illegal. And it's spreading.

  4. Stephen Hawking:

    The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it is the illusion of knowledge.

  5. Oscar Wilde:

    By giving us the opinions of the uneducated, journalism keeps us in touch with the ignorance of the community.

Images & Illustrations of ignorance

  1. ignoranceignoranceignoranceignoranceignorance

Popularity rank by frequency of use

ignorance#10000#11981#100000

Translations for ignorance

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for ignorance »

Translation

Find a translation for the ignorance definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Discuss these ignorance definitions with the community:

0 Comments

    Citation

    Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:

    Style:MLAChicagoAPA

    "ignorance." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 15 Apr. 2021. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/ignorance>.

    Are we missing a good definition for ignorance? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Browse Definitions.net

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Quiz

    Are you a words master?

    »
    offensive to the mind
    • A. ostensive
    • B. bonzer
    • C. flabby
    • D. repugnant

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for ignorance:


    Definitions.net

    Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.