Try Our Apps


The Best Internet Slang


[in-kom-pri-hen-shuh n, in-kom-] /ˌɪn kɒm prɪˈhɛn ʃən, ɪnˌkɒm-/
lack of comprehension or understanding:
The audience listened politely but with incomprehension.
Origin of incomprehension
First recorded in 1595-1605; in-3 + comprehension Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for incomprehension
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • She started: I recall that her eyes were round and troubled with incomprehension.

  • The man's face wore a sudden crafty look of incomprehension.

    The Secret Witness George Gibbs
  • He goes on where we are balked by the obstacles of incomprehension.

  • All the rest is only numbed pain and incomprehension,—weeks and months.

    The Wasted Generation Owen Johnson
  • It did not occur to him to go on acting, to pretend astonishment or incomprehension.

    The House by the River A. P. Herbert
  • Then, shrugging his shoulders with incomprehension, fearlessly he sought to forget about it.

    The Wolf Cub Patrick Casey
  • It was a subject too terrible, from which her mind retreated with awe and incomprehension.

    Sir Tom Mrs. Oliphant
  • Dicky was all incomprehension; but something made him feel a little sick.

    A Child of the Jago Arthur Morrison
British Dictionary definitions for incomprehension


/ˌɪnkɒmprɪˈhɛnʃən; ɪnˌkɒm-/
inability or failure to comprehend; lack of understanding
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for incomprehension

c.1600, from in- (1) "not" + comprehension.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for incomprehension

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for incomprehension

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for incomprehension