ig·​no·​rance | \ˈig-n(ə-)rən(t)s \

Definition of ignorance 

: the state or fact of being ignorant : lack of knowledge, education, or awareness

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Examples of ignorance in a Sentence

His racist attitudes were born out of ignorance. an appalling ignorance about other cultures

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Hush my ignorance: On the opening night of fashion week, Seoul rounded off fashion’s year of spectacular shows with the 30-year anniversary of Solid Homme, with tons of white sand laid on the roof of the house Hadid built. Sarah Mower, Vogue, "Ungendered Suiting, Hanbok Tradition, and #MeToo Surfaced at Seoul Fashion Week—Sarah Mower Reports," 23 Oct. 2018 The lone person who claimed ignorance on #MeToo was not invited back. CBS News, "Bill Cosby trial judge delivers defense 2 big victories," 3 Apr. 2018 The Nintendo data discussed above applies only to players who have online Nintendo accounts, so the numbers could be skewed by ignorance of completely offline players. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Nintendo: Docked and undocked play time for Switch is “about even”," 28 June 2018 The men show the opposite; ignorance of the inner lives of their wives and children. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "The Empty Space of Rachel Cusk," 15 June 2018 This bid to establish a European outpost off what is now the coast of North Carolina was doomed by ignorance of the basic facts of geography, geology and geopolitics. The Economist, "The tale of the “Lost Colony” is a chronicle of delusion," 7 June 2018 Speaking later in the interview, Jones suggested the rhetoric from the White House displayed an ignorance of the role African Americans have played throughout American history. Josiah Ryan, CNN, "Van Jones says it's 'beyond insulting' for White House to lecture black people on patriotism," 6 June 2018 The big- city journalists reported that Darrow had revealed Bryan’s ignorance and the absurdity of his biblical literalism. Time Staff, Time, "The 25 Moments From American History That Matter Right Now," 28 June 2018 But the actions of others, either through inexperience, ignorance, arrogance or sometimes outright illegality, can diminish or even ruin the day. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "Boat ramps a gateway to fun or frustration," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of ignorance

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of ignorance

: a lack of knowledge, understanding, or education : the state of being ignorant


ig·​no·​rance | \ˈig-nə-rəns \

Kids Definition of ignorance

: a lack of knowledge, understanding, or education : the state of being ignorant

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