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 The Santorum defense filled the handoff discussion between Cuomo and CNN host Don Lemon, who expressed incredulity that Santorum had expressed regret and admitted his ignorance. Washington Post, "Opinion: Santorum flails and fails in CNN appearance following comments on Native American culture," 4 May 2021 Shame of my staggering ignorance and profound guilt for my complicity in the status quo precipitated sweeping changes. Kyle Meyaard-schaap, CNN, "The key word missing from the climate movement," 30 Apr. 2021 The challenge in building your company is to allow for your ignorance to not hold you back from becoming informed. Neil Senturia, San Diego Union-Tribune, "In building your company admit there’s confusion and embrace the possibility," 5 Apr. 2021 Why are traders suddenly bragging about their own ignorance? Jason Zweig, WSJ, "Robinhood Trader’s Battle Cry: ‘It’s All Just a Game to Me’," 26 Mar. 2021 By happily displaying and goofing on his own ignorance or seeming slowness, though, Bargatze gets to open the door to seeing cluelessness everywhere. Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, "Nate Bargatze Invites You to Be Clueless, Too," 18 Mar. 2021 Will medical marijuana cure Alabama of its ignorance and apathy? J.d. Crowe | Jdcrowe@al.com, al, "Will medical marijuana cure ignorance and apathy?," 26 Feb. 2021 If Katrina were polite and deferential, tiptoeing around her ignorance of trans people for fear of making a mistake, the conversation would likely lead nowhere. Crispin Long, The New Yorker, "The Insider Insights of “Detransition, Baby”," 31 Jan. 2021 When Parasite won Best Picture last February, the United States was still in the last few weeks of blissful pre-pandemic ignorance. Nate Jones, Vulture, "Vulture’s Final 2021 Oscars Predictions for Every Category," 23 Apr. 2021

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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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8 May 2021

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“Ignorance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ignorance. Accessed 15 May. 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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