ig·​no·​rance | \ ˈig-n(ə-)rən(t)s How to pronounce ignorance (audio) \

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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No one should have to accept as normal any kind of ignorance of personal space, no matter their gender, even though many of us are expected to from an early age. Casey Quinlan, Teen Vogue, "Lucy Flores and Amy Lappos Speaking Out About Joe Biden’s Alleged Inappropriate Touching Matters," 3 Apr. 2019 The president’s ignorance of foreign affairs is embarrassing and potentially dangerous. WSJ, "Trump’s Curious Version of Afghan History," 17 Jan. 2019 In an interview Thursday, Daley said she was not convinced that a new test is the best way of addressing concern about ignorance of how government works. Lasherica Thornton, Philly.com, "For Pa. students, a new duty: civics test," 8 June 2018 Today, Gates said, people can no longer claim ignorance. Russell Contreras, The Seattle Times, "Before multiculturalism, blackface rampant in US pop culture," 10 Feb. 2019 When asked before the game what would come next for Miller, who threw a 40-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday, Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo claimed ignorance, saying the club had yet to talk about it. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Diamondbacks' Matt Koch roughed up by Angels in possibly final start," 19 June 2018 Many hosts claimed ignorance of the registration rule. Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle, "Long, winding road to SF’s get-tough registration on home rentals," 15 Feb. 2018 Ben Esposito Donut County is a game about how ignorance and avarice swallow everything in their path. Laura Hudson, The Verge, "Donut County is a game about swallowing Los Angeles and realizing you’re an asshole," 1 Sep. 2018 Fear, whether out of ignorance, naivete or paranoia, forms the foundation of the IRS phone call scam. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Those threatening scam IRS phone calls? Somebody's going to jail for them," 10 July 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 How to pronounce ignorance (audio) \

Kids Definition of ignorance

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

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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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