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Examples of nescience in a Sentence
the appalling nescience of today's high schoolers concerning international affairs
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Eighteenth-century British poet, essayist, and lexicographer Samuel Johnson once said, "There is nothing so minute or inconsiderable that I would not rather know it than not know it." He probably knew a thing or two about the history of the word nescience, which evolved from a combination of the Latin prefix ne-, meaning "not," and scire, a verb meaning "to know." And he may also have known that scire is an ancestor of science, a word whose original meaning in English was "knowledge."
Synonymsbenightedness, cluelessness, incognizance, innocence, ignorance, obliviousness, unawareness, unfamiliarity
Antonymsacquaintance, awareness, cognizance, familiarity
Related Wordscallowness, greenness, inexperience, naïveté (also naivete or naiveté), rawness, simpleness, unsophistication
Near Antonymsexperience, know-how; sophistication
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