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[ig-ner-uh ns] /ˈɪg nər əns/
the state or fact of being ignorant; lack of knowledge, learning, information, etc.
Origin of ignorance
1175-1225; Middle English < Latin ignōrantia. See ignore, -ance
Related forms
self-ignorance, noun Unabridged
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  • One day our posterity will marvel at our ignorance of causes so clear to them.

  • “My sister and I must learn his art of ignorance,” said Margaret.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • The important question was, to keep the baroness in ignorance.

    The Prussian Terror Alexandre Dumas
  • His loose grammar was the fruit of careless habit, not ignorance.

    Life On The Mississippi, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • They were due to an ignorance, shared by all in the force, of the numbers and fighting power of the Mamunds.

    The Story of the Malakand Field Force Sir Winston S. Churchill
British Dictionary definitions for ignorance


lack of knowledge, information, or education; the state of being ignorant
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Word Origin and History for ignorance

c.1200, from Old French ignorance (12c.), from Latin ignorantia "want of knowledge" (see ignorant).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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