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
Recent Examples on the Web Well, the point is ignorance of the law is no excuse. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "National Guard 'rapid response' force was not equipped to respond rapidly to Capitol siege," 12 Jan. 2021 Professors are pressured to sloppily extend their expertise to areas of ignorance about Arab history and to repeatedly make links to terrorism. Doris Bittar, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Commentary: Arab Americans must be included in California’s new ethnic studies curriculum," 18 Nov. 2020 Child labor, once necessary for survival, gave way to steadily rising school enrollment and made ignorance a dark memory. Phil Gramm And Mike Solon, WSJ, "In Defense of Scrooge, Whose Thrift Blessed the World," 23 Dec. 2020 But giving a platform to promoters of a viewpoint simply because their views are sincerely held is just accrediting ignorance. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: Why I never ‘agree to disagree’ — I just tell you you’re wrong," 22 Dec. 2020 To call for a UBI, after dismissing the urgent financial concerns of millions of Americans who would benefit from a stimulus package, is characteristic of Musk’s hypocrisy and political ignorance. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, "Elon Musk’s Big Government Grift," 9 Dec. 2020 Many Americans disregarded warnings not to travel over Thanksgiving and have ignored other safety precautions, whether out of stubbornness, ignorance or complacency. Rachel La Corte, Anchorage Daily News, "US COVID-19 deaths hit record levels with holiday gatherings still ahead," 8 Dec. 2020 Diwali is India’s most important festival of the year—a time to celebrate the triumph of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, and good over evil. Amy Mckeever, History & Culture, "Diwali is India’s most important holiday—and a celebration of good over evil," 12 Nov. 2020 This ignorance of art history further indicts the entire film. Armond White, National Review, "The Facile Fascism of David Fincher," 11 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of ignorance

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of ignorance was in the 13th century

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20 Jan 2021

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“Ignorance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ignorance. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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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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