in·​com·​pre·​hen·​sion | \ (ˌ)in-ˌkäm-pri-ˈhen(t)-shən How to pronounce incomprehension (audio) \

Definition of incomprehension

: lack of comprehension or understanding

Examples of incomprehension in a Sentence

She gave me a look of complete incomprehension. He viewed the situation with incomprehension.
Recent Examples on the Web Dabo Swinney’s incomprehension of capitalism and his lousy metaphors won’t derail Clemson football. Blake Toppmeyer, USA TODAY, 12 Apr. 2022 Her parents battled their own depression and anxiety, their initial incomprehension of the situation, and a years-long succession of crises and demands on their moral, material and emotional resources. San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 Feb. 2022 What writer does not, at some point, endure the opposite—the awful vulnerability of her words in the world, and her inability to defend them from being misread, even mutilated, by those goblin rats of malice, envy, laziness, mere incomprehension? Parul Sehgal, The New Yorker, 7 Feb. 2022 Benedict Cumberbatch plays a man who exhibits rage, jealousy, and incomprehension when his brother marries. Globe Staff,, 6 Jan. 2022 And Squibb’s Momo, who has Alzheimer’s, gives poignant expression to the best and worst of her experience, showing us how moments of lucidity fight for dominance amid a blur of incomprehension and pain. Los Angeles Times, 24 Nov. 2021 At root, the violence of May was born of mutual incomprehension. New York Times, 1 Aug. 2021 But now it’s young millennial men and fathers who are suffering inter-generational incomprehension. Avivah Wittenberg-cox, Forbes, 15 June 2021 The series does lean a little hard at first into gags about intergenerational mutual incomprehension and Liza almost blowing her cover by forgetting not to act her age. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, 15 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of incomprehension

1605, in the meaning defined above

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19 Apr 2022

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“Incomprehension.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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