[ig-ner-uh ns]

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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Examples from the Web for ignorances

Historical Examples of ignorances

  • 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.

  • How the impertinences, ignorances, and insults went through the multiplication table.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

British Dictionary definitions for ignorances


  1. 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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