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Meaning of IGNORANCE

Pronunciation:  'ignuruns

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  the lack of knowledge or education

IGNORANCE is a 9 letter word that starts with I.


 See Also: cognitive content, content, ignorantness, illiteracy, inexperience, mental object, nescience, unenlightenment, unknowing, unknowingness



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ig"no*rance\, n. [F., fr. L. ignorantia.]
1. The condition of being ignorant; the want of knowledge in
   general, or in relation to a particular subject; the state
   of being uneducated or uninformed.

         Ignorance is the curse of God, Knowledge the wing
         wherewith we fly to heaven.           --Shak.

2. (Theol.) A willful neglect or refusal to acquire knowledge
   which one may acquire and it is his duty to have. --Book
   of Common Prayer.

{Invincible ignorance} (Theol.), ignorance beyond the
   individual's control and for which, therefore, he is not
   responsible before God.

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