[ 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 formsself-ig·no·rance, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for ignorance


/ (ˈɪɡnərəns) /


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).

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