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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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  • 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
  • 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.

  • How there were more years; more impertinences, ignorances, and insults.

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

    An American at Oxford John Corbin
  • I know well enough of a thousand sins, and weaknesses and ignorances in myself which my neighbours never see.

    Sermons on National Subjects Charles Kingsley
  • How the impertinences, ignorances, and insults went through the multiplication table.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • So that there are ignorances of different degrees, and degrees of knowledge which are quite deceptive.

    Amiel's Journal Henri-Frdric Amiel
  • Conscientiously he strove to be faithful to the menagerie of ignorances and prejudices which he misnamed his convictions.

    The Far Horizon Lucas Malet
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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