incomprehension

noun
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

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Examples of incomprehension in a Sentence

She gave me a look of complete incomprehension. He viewed the situation with incomprehension.

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Department detox The problem with Trump goes far beyond the president’s own vast incomprehension of foreign affairs. James W. Carden, Quartz, "Elizabeth Warren has a plan to fix the State Department and no one wants to talk about it," 13 Sep. 2019 Rivas offers an on-the-edge performance that makes Luisa’s nervousness hard to watch, while d’Elia’s almost otherworldly clear eyes express worlds of incomprehension and rebellion. Jonathan Holland, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Sleepwalkers' ('Los Sonámbulos'): Film Review | TIFF 2019," 8 Sep. 2019 This pratfall exposed Pei’s incomprehension of popular culture and his inability to express rebellious music architecturally and instead invested the design with the gravitas of a national memorial. Martin Filler, The New York Review of Books, "I.M. Pei: Establishment Modernism Lite," 24 May 2019 No, the real problems arise when Ozark stages so many of its scenes in ways that downplay visual contrast, leaving almost everything shrouded in shadow, to the point of genuine incomprehension. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Ozark’s muddy season 2, explained in 11 incomprehensible screenshots," 1 Sep. 2018 The comradeship of men at arms becomes a refuge from the incomprehension of family. The Economist, "An American marine’s eloquent memoir," 1 Mar. 2018 Some of us were unimpressed, while others snarled at the unimpressed’s incomprehension of Roupenian’s achievement. Josephine Livingstone, New Republic, "“Cat Person” and the New Universe of Literary Criticism," 12 Dec. 2017 And so Mexico entered World War II on the side of the Allies, despite popular misgivings, even incomprehension. Andrew Paxman, Slate Magazine, "There’s a long tradition of anti-Americanism in Mexican politics. It’s making a comeback in the era of Trump.," 29 May 2017 Both places saw Spanish incursions from the south, mutual incomprehension in the meeting of Europeans and aboriginals, waves of disease that devastated the natives and a relentless quest by the newcomers for the raw materials of empire. Philip Connors, New York Times, "The Gulf of Mexico in the Age of Petrochemicals," 26 May 2017

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First Known Use of incomprehension

1605, in the meaning defined above

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incomprehension

noun

English Language Learners Definition of incomprehension

: lack of understanding

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