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


  1. ignorancenoun

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

  2. Ignorancenoun

    A personification of ignorance.

  3. Etymology: From ignorance.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Ignorancenoun

    Etymology: ignorance, French; ignoratio, Latin.

    If all the clergy were as learned as themselves are that most complain of ignorance in others, yet our book of prayer might remain the same. Richard Hooker, b. v.

    Ignorance is the curse of God,
    Knowledge the wing wherewith we fly to heav'n. William Shakespeare.

    Still banish your defenders, 'till at length
    Your ignorance deliver you,
    As most abated captives, to some nation
    That won you without blows! William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    If he have power,
    Then veil your ignorance; if none, awake
    Your dangerous lenity. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    If we see right, we see our woes;
    Then what avails it to have eyes?
    From ignorance our comfort flows,
    The only wretched are the wise! Matthew Prior.

    Forgive us all our sins, negligences, and ignorances. C. Pray.

    Punish me not for my sins and ignorances. Tob. iii. 2.


  1. Ignorance

    Ignorance is a lack of knowledge and understanding. The word "ignorant" is an adjective that describes a person in the state of being unaware, or even cognitive dissonance and other cognitive relation, and can describe individuals who are unaware of important information or facts. Ignorance can appear in three different types: factual ignorance (absence of knowledge of some fact), object ignorance (unacquaintance with some object), and technical ignorance (absence of knowledge of how to do something).


  1. ignorance

    Ignorance is a state of being uninformed, uneducated, or unaware about something specific or in a general sense. It refers to the lack of knowledge, understanding, or information about something. It can also depict the conscious choice of not seeking or rejecting the available knowledge.

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

  2. Ignorancenoun

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

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


  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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  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. Graham Greene:

    Point me out the happy man and I will point you out either egotism, selfishness, evil --or else an absolute ignorance.

  2. Gustave Flaubert:

    Our ignorance of history makes us libel our own times. People have always been like this.

  3. AiR AtmanInRavi:

    My Ego is only my Identity. My Ego is not 'Me'. Because I live in Ignorance, who 'I' truly am, I cannot see.

  4. William Hazlitt:

    Prejudice is the child of ignorance.

  5. Jennifer Strahan:

    Rep. Greene's apologies in the past for similar comments clearly meant nothing to her. Her behavior embarrasses most Georgians displays her ignorance of historyand explains why she is so ineffective. Our district deserves new leadership..

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