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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The ignorance and hatred of the political landscape this season is what most moves me. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "These Fashion Labels Made Voting Merch and Now They’re Sharing Why They’re Headed to the Polls Tomorrow," 5 Nov. 2018 That, along with the willful ignorance of looking a fact square in the face and proclaiming it false, is a tremendous danger. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "The Capital Gazette is publishing on Friday. Damn straight it is," 28 June 2018 And beyond being unfunny and lazy writing, the joke also reveals an even greater ignorance of the tense relationship between the two communities, one that has played out in mainstream pop culture at large. Andrew Chow, refinery29.com, "Let's Be Real: Asian And Black Artists Aren't "Celebrating" Each Other Through Hip-Hop," 22 May 2018 And the #MeToo movement has been a sobering and infuriating reminder of the ugliness that results when there is an imbalance of power, ignorance of privilege and lack of respect. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Becky Hammon's hiring as NBA coach will send an important message – to men," 11 May 2018 Bernie Sanders down in Mississippi today - IN MISSISSIPPI - giving a master class on expressing TOTAL ignorance of how black folks work. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "Bernie Sanders heads to the South. Can he win over black voters?," 20 Apr. 2018 The practice of democracy has always been messy and chaotic, and mass ignorance wasn’t the exception but the rule. Sean Illing, Vox, "Intellectuals have said democracy is failing for a century. They were wrong.," 20 Dec. 2018 What if the skepticism surrounding him is based on ignorance and stereotypes? Greg Moore, azcentral, "Moore: The talk is Deandre Ayton, but what if Luka Doncic is the guy?," 9 June 2018 Some were courageous saints who tried to take on the ignorance and vitriol. Rochelle Riley, Detroit Free Press, "Riley: See-something, say-something policies can't be tools for racism," 12 May 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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