Meaning of ignorance in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɪɡn(ə)r(ə)ns/

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mass noun
  • Lack of knowledge or information.

    ‘he acted in ignorance of basic procedures’
    • ‘Our fear is based on ignorance, they loftily believe, and can be safely dismissed.’
    • ‘There are vast tracts of ignorance in my knowledge and really there are lots of other people who know more than me.’
    • ‘The legacy of Lindh is the confusion and ignorance that afflicts today's referendum.’
    • ‘So that part of her closing statements reveals her abiding stupidity and ignorance.’
    • ‘In fact, all sentient beings have that potential of being free from ignorance and confusion.’
    • ‘But the emperor is also a prisoner of his own ignorance and fear of the world beyond his home.’
    • ‘Let the chattering classes recognize their stupidity and ignorance and ponder on them.’
    • ‘There is such a great deal of ignorance of mental phenomena and physical phenomena.’
    • ‘Our work can only succeed if we keep the humans in a constant state of fear and ignorance.’
    • ‘Of course, such attitudes are the epitome of ignorance, and reveal a total lack of wisdom.’
    • ‘If it was purely ignorance, you'd expect the mistakes to display a normal distribution.’
    • ‘His enrolment was obviously greatly helped by his total ignorance of religion.’
    • ‘The ability of Marxists to forget their history and yet rise above their ignorance is profound.’
    • ‘Who are these people and why are they displaying their ignorance of such vital financial issues?’
    • ‘Those people who would take us back to an age of ignorance and intolerance should be exposed and shunned.’
    • ‘We cannot be blinded by the smoke of ignorance, we must rise up and learn to see what is staring us straight in the face.’
    • ‘The biggest qualm I have with fair trade is its basic ignorance of comparative advantage.’
    • ‘Whether intentional or through ignorance, the blog in question is peddling lies.’
    • ‘I hope that this is a matter of ignorance and not a well-thought-out, stable policy.’
    • ‘When the author seems complacent about imprisonment, it is not out of ignorance.’
    incomprehension, unawareness, unconsciousness, inexperience, innocence
    lack of knowledge, lack of education
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    ignorance is bliss
    • If one is unaware of an unpleasant fact or situation one cannot be troubled by it.

      ‘I don't want to hear about them: ignorance is bliss in this case’
      • ‘Where pop music is concerned, ignorance is bliss.’
      • ‘Ignorance is bliss and Reece slept well and happy that night.’
      • ‘Ignorance is bliss to the general public when it comes to such sensitive and important institutions as the economy.’
      • ‘Unless you believe ignorance is bliss, the discovery of the truth of any situation is a good thing.’
      • ‘If ignorance is bliss, this guy must be ecstatic.’
      • ‘Hundreds of people get wiped out every day but we do not think about it or really take notice until it is closer to home; sometimes ignorance is bliss.’
      • ‘Where ignorance is bliss, it sure is folly to be wise.’
      • ‘Because while ignorance is bliss, being an amateur reporter is hard on the reporter and tiring for the subject.’


Middle English via Old French from Latin ignorantia, from ignorant- ‘not knowing’ (see ignorant).