What does ignorance mean?

Definitions for ignorance
ˈɪg nər ənsig·no·rance

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ignorancenoun

    the lack of knowledge or education

Wiktionary

  1. ignorancenoun

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

    Etymology: From ignorance.

  2. Ignorancenoun

    A personification of ignorance.

    Etymology: From ignorance.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ignorancenoun

    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. Ignorancenoun

    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.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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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. Dylan Klebold:

    Ignorance is bliss, happiness is ambition, desolation is knowledge, pain is acceptance.

  2. Desiree Fairooz:

    It was an immediate rejection of what I considered an outright lie or pure ignorance.

  3. Paul. F. Meekin:

    All the perplexities, confusion and distress in education these days arises, not from defects in the students,teachers or schools, not from want of equipment or technology, but from the downright ignorance of the nature of honor, virtue and kindness. Sound education... thrives on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection of childhood, on unselfish performance of teachers and on accountability and reliability.

  4. RAMANA PEMMARAJU:

    Sometimes people are intimidated not because you're intelligent, but they fear your presence may make them conscious of their ignorance!

  5. Saadi:

    Whenever you argue with another wiser than yourself in order that others may admire your wisdom, they will discover your ignorance.

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