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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Manpower shortages and lack of funds, not ignorance, are holding them back. Hubert H. (hubert Horatio) Humphrey, Harper's magazine, "Into the Woods," 10 June 2019 More news Odd in Oregon ROSE FRACAS: A KGW anchor’s colloquial language and local clown ignorance sparked outrage during 1975 Rose Fest parade. oregonlive.com, "Police shoot, kill man after altercation in Pearl District stairwell: Morning Briefing," 10 June 2019 The two law professors grounded their reforms in John Rawls’s veil of ignorance thought experiment. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "A Better Way to Fix the Supreme Court," 4 June 2019 One of the reasons Thwaites is so regularly spoken of as a source of great concern is our ignorance. Elizabeth Rush, National Geographic, "Here's what Antarctica's calving glaciers look like up close," 12 Mar. 2019 But Trump’s plea of ignorance has flaws, said Richard L. Hasen, a professor of election law at the University of California, Irvine. Charlie Savage, The Seattle Times, "Trump lays out a defense for potential campaign-finance crimes," 10 Dec. 2018 Doctors who routinely infected women during childbirth out of ignorance of the germ theory of disease are not reviled today. James Freeman, WSJ, "Columbus, Churchill and Melania," 8 Oct. 2018 This is in a level of ignorance about basic historical facts subverted in universities, subverted in our high schools, or not taught at all. Fox News, "Ingraham: Far-left billionaires uniting to remake America," 29 Aug. 2018 In private, even some political figures who believe Netanyahu’s professions of ignorance say that such inattention would reflect badly on him. Matthew Campbell, Bloomberg.com, "Benjamin Netanyahu Could Be Heading for a Fifth Term. Or to Court," 14 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 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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