[ig-ner-uh ns]


the state or fact of being ignorant; lack of knowledge, learning, information, etc.

Nearby words

  1. ignivomous,
  2. ignoble,
  3. ignominious,
  4. ignominy,
  5. ignoramus,
  6. ignorance is bliss,
  7. ignorant,
  8. ignoratio elenchi,
  9. ignore,
  10. ignotum per ignotius

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 ignorances



lack of knowledge, information, or education; the state of being ignorant
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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).

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