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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
First recorded in 1175-1225; Middle English word from Latin word ignōrantia. See ignore, -ance
Related forms
self-ignorance, noun Unabridged
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  • How there were more years; more impertinences, ignorances, and insults.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • A community of ignorances may be as binding as a community of interests.

    Mary, Mary James Stephens
  • The people who lay all their sins negligences and ignorances, on Providence.

  • When my ignorances were laid bare, the examiners most considerately confined their questions to my period.

    An American at Oxford John Corbin
  • How the impertinences, ignorances, and insults went through the multiplication table.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • Our curiously inventive minds have always loved to fill in our ignorances with their creations.

  • He may have had his ignorances, follies, weaknesses, possibly crimes: but he served the purpose of his mighty mother.

    The Roman and the Teuton Charles Kingsley
  • Three out of many "negligences and ignorances" in managing the health of houses generally, I will here mention as specimens—1.

    Notes on Nursing Florence Nightingale
  • Suicide is not unknown amongst the young; fears prey upon them and terrify them; ignorances and follies surround them.

    Brave Men and Women O.E. Fuller
  • So that there are ignorances of different degrees, and degrees of knowledge which are quite deceptive.

    Amiel's Journal Henri-Frdric Amiel
British Dictionary definitions for ignorances


lack of knowledge, information, or education; the state of being ignorant
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for ignorances



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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