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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Petty just shook his head when Ingram pled ignorance to the musical interlude. Michael Casagrande, AL.com, "A few Alabama players never heard of 'One Shining Moment,' others can't believe it," 14 Mar. 2018 Their ignorance can be more of a challenge than the disability itself. Anita Kulick, Philly.com, "How we can help families who have kids with special needs," 12 July 2018 Critics have blasted Johansson and Sanders for essentially repeating their same ignorance, seemingly undeterred by the reaction to Ghost In The Shell. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Scarlett Johansson Responds to 'Rub & Tug' Criticism With a Tone-Deaf Statement," 4 July 2018 A few hours spent reading the collected works of Frederick Douglass would have enlightened West and eradicated his alarming ignorance. Phillip Morris, cleveland.com, "Kanye West has a thing or two to learn about American slavery: Phillip Morris," 9 May 2018 Meanwhile, Bechard’s new lawyer Peter Stris, who filed the suit, chided Avenatti on Twitter for feigning ignorance about why he was sued. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Shera Bechard just sued Trump donor Elliott Broidy over a scuttled hush money deal," 6 July 2018 The first time Gadsby tells this anecdote, the man recognizes his mistake and slinks away, humiliated by his ignorance. Rachel Syme, The New Republic, "Nanette Rewrites the History of Art," 3 July 2018 Prandi, historians and political analysts say there is much ignorance about the dictatorship, in part because an amnesty law has kept alleged perpetrators from being tried. Washington Post, "Many Brazilians look to military amid anger at politicians," 22 June 2018 That a single British woman in the game’s reveal trailer has Battlefield players so riled up is willful ignorance that such a role could have ever existed in history. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "Battlefield V fans who failed history are mad the game has women in it," 24 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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