ignorance Definition

  • 1lack of knowledge, understanding, or information about something
  • 2a state of being uninformed or unaware

Using ignorance: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "ignorance" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

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    His ignorance of basic math concepts made it difficult for him to pass the test.

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    The company's decision was based on ignorance of the market conditions.

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    Her ignorance of the law led her to make a costly mistake.

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    The politician's ignorance of history was evident in his speech.

ignorance Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for ignorance

Phrases with ignorance

  • the act of deliberately choosing to avoid or ignore information or facts that would contradict one's beliefs or opinions


    His refusal to listen to expert advice was an example of willful ignorance.

  • the idea that it is better not to know certain things, as they may cause worry or distress


    She decided not to read the news because ignorance is bliss.

  • pretending not to know or understand something in order to avoid responsibility or consequences


    The suspect claimed feigned ignorance of the crime.

Origins of ignorance

from Old French 'ignorance', from Latin 'ignorantia', meaning 'not knowing'


Summary: ignorance in Brief

The term 'ignorance' [ˈɪɡnərəns] refers to a lack of knowledge, understanding, or information about something. It can be willful or feigned, and is often used in phrases like 'willful ignorance' and 'ignorance is bliss.' Synonyms include 'unawareness' and 'inexperience,' while antonyms include 'knowledge' and 'enlightenment.'

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