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ig·no·rance

 (ĭg′nər-əns)
n.
The condition of being uneducated, unaware, or uninformed.

ignorance

(ˈɪɡnərəns) or

ignorantness

n
lack of knowledge, information, or education; the state of being ignorant

ig•no•rance

(ˈɪg nər əns)

n.
the state or fact of being ignorant; lack of knowledge or learning.
[1175–1225; Middle English < Latin]

ignorance

  • agnosy, agnoiology - Agnosy is another word for ignorance and agnoiology is the study of human ignorance.
  • ignotism - A mistake due to ignorance.
  • nescience, inscience - Nescience and inscience both mean "ignorance."
  • sophomoric - Includes the roots soph-, "wise," and moros, "fool"—so the contrast between wisdom and ignorance is built right into the word.

Ignorance

 

See Also: STUPIDITY

  1. The fault unknown is as a thought unacted —William Shakespeare
  2. Ignorance is a form of incompetence —Natsume Söseki
  3. Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone —Oscar Wilde
  4. Ignorance like a fire does burn —Bayard Taylor

    Modernized from “Like a fire doth burn.”

  5. Ignorant as dirt —Karl Shapiro
  6. A man’s ignorance is as much his private property, and as precious in his own eyes, as his family Bible —Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  7. A man with little learning is like the frog who thinks its puddle a great sea —Burmese proverb
  8. There are a great multitude of individuals who are like blind mules, anxious enough to kick, but can’t tell where —Josh Billings

    Here are the words as they appear in Billing’s phonetic dialect: “a grate multitude … but kant tell whare.”

Ignorance

 

(See also FATUOUSNESS.)

blockhead A dimwit, a numskull. The term comes from the dummy head used by wigmakers and hatters.

cork-brained Light-headed; giddy. This phrase plays with the analogy between cork cells which are dead, air-filled cells and one’s brain. Cork-brained appeared in print as early as 1630.

dunce A dull-witted, stupid person; a dolt, blockhead, or ignoramus. This term makes use of the name of a scholastic theologian of the late 13th century, John Duns Scotus. Originally the term referred to a caviling sophist, derived from the fact that Scotus’ doctrines were criticized as a conglomeration of hairsplitting distinctions. Such a person would be full of useless information and perhaps even opposed to progress and learning, as Scotus was regarded.

A dunce, void of learning but full of books. (Thomas Fuller, The Holy and Profane State, 1642)

Dunce also referred to one who is uneducated or incapable of learning.

But now in our age it is grown to be a common proverb in derision, to call such a person as is senseless or without learning a Duns, which is as much as a fool. (Raphael Holinshed, The First Volume of the Chronicles of England, Scotland, and Ireland:, 1577-87)

Today dunce has lost its connotations of overrefinement and pedantry; it means simply ‘stupid, doltish, ignorant’

dunderhead A thickheaded, stupid person; a numskull, blockhead, or dullard. The origin of this term is obscure, but it has been speculated that dunder is a corruption of the Spanish redundar ‘to overflow’ and is the name given to the lees or dregs of cane juice used in the fermentation of rum. Thus, a “dunderhead” is a head full of dregs, overflowing with this worthless substance. This term has been in use since the early 17th century.

not know A from a windmill To be extremely ignorant or stupid. This expression is said to have been originally suggested by the similarity between the shape of a capital A and that of a windmill. This theory is further reinforced by the now rare or obsolete definition of windmill found in the OED: “a figure of a windmill; a sign or character resembling this, as a cross or asterisk.” In popular usage until the late 19th century, the phrase appeared as early as 1402 in the Rolls of Parliament.

not know B from a battledore To be illiterate, ignorant, or obtuse. Battledore is an obsolete word for a hornbook used as a child’s primer. Not to know the letter from the book signified utter ignorance.

He knew not a B from a battledore nor ever a letter of the book. (John Foxe, Acts and Monuments of These Latter and Perilous Days, 1553-87)

Many alliterative variations of the phrase exist, substituting broomstick, bull’s foot, or buffalo’s foot for battledore.

not know if one is coming or going See CONFUSION.

not know one’s ass [or Brit arse] from one’s elbow Not know the first thing about something, not know what’s what, completely ignorant or naïve.

I wish I’d had a crowd like that for my first crew. We none of us knew arse from elbow when they pushed me off. (N. Shute, Pastoral, 1944)

not know shit from shinola To be totally stupid or ignorant. Shinola is the brand name of a formerly popular shoe polish little used today. Because of its vulgar origin and implications, the phrase is somewhat limited in written usage.

not know which end is up Not know what’s going on; ignorant, stupid; totally confused or mixed up.

out to lunch Stupid, daft, or flaky; socially incompetent. This expression relates physical absence to mental vacuity. The common phrase often describes a person whose social ineptness or exceedingly poor judgment is due to a severe lack of common sense.

A girl who would be attracted to Bud’s mean streak and bad temper must be a little out to lunch. (Toronto Daily Star, June, 1966)

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ignorance - the lack of knowledge or education
cognitive content, mental object, content - the sum or range of what has been perceived, discovered, or learned
ignorantness, nescience, unknowing, unknowingness - ignorance (especially of orthodox beliefs)
inexperience, rawness - lack of experience and the knowledge and understanding derived from experience; "procedural inexperience created difficulties"; "their poor behavior was due to the rawness of the troops"
unenlightenment - a lack of understanding
illiteracy - ignorance resulting from not reading

ignorance

noun
1. lack of education, stupidity, foolishness, blindness, illiteracy, benightedness, unenlightenment, unintelligence, mental darkness In my ignorance, I had never heard of R and B music.
lack of education understanding, knowledge, intelligence, wisdom, insight, enlightenment, comprehension
2. (with of) unawareness of, inexperience of, unfamiliarity with, innocence of, unconsciousness of, greenness about, oblivion about, nescience of (literary) a complete ignorance of non-European history
Quotations
"No more; where ignorance is bliss,"
"'Tis folly to be wise" [Thomas Gray Ode on a Distant Prospect of Eton College]
"If ignorance is indeed bliss, it is a very low grade of the article" [Tehyi Hsieh Chinese Epigrams Inside Out and Proverbs]
"Ignorance is not bliss - it is oblivion" [Philip Wylie Generation of Vipers]
"Ignorance, the stem and root of all evil" [Plato]
"What we call evil is simply ignorance bumping its head in the dark" [Henry Ford]
"Ignorance is not innocence but sin" [Robert Browning The Inn Album]
"Ignorance itself is without a doubt a sin for those who do not wish to understand; for those who, however, cannot understand, it is the punishment of sin" [St Augustine]
"Ignorance is the curse of God,"
"Knowledge the wing wherewith we fly to heaven" [William Shakespeare Henry VI]
"I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance" [Socrates]
"If you think education is expensive - try ignorance" [Derek Bok]
Proverbs
"One half of the world does not know how the other half lives"

ignorance

noun
1. The condition of being ignorant; lack of knowledge or learning:
2. The condition of being uninformed or unaware:
Translations
جَهْلجَهْلٌ
nevědomostnevzdělanost
uvidenhed
tietämättömyys
neznanje
tudatlanság
fáfræîi
無知
무식
nevednost
okunnighet
ความโง่เขลา
cehaletbilgisizlik
sự thiếu hiểu biết

ignorance

[ˈɪgnərəns] Nignorancia f (of de) to be in ignorance ofignorar, desconocer
to keep sb in ignorance of sthocultar algo a algn
to show one's ignorancedemostrar su ignorancia

ignorance

[ˈɪgnərəns] n (= lack of knowledge) → ignorance f
ignorance about sth → ignorance en matière de qch
Her ignorance of foreign policy was alarming → Son ignorance en matière de politique étrangère était alarmante.
to keep sb in ignorance of sth → tenir qn dans l'ignorance de qch

ignorance

n (= general lack of knowledge, education)Unwissenheit f, → Mangel man Bildung, Ignoranz f; (of particular subject, language, plan etc)Unkenntnis f; to keep somebody in ignorance of somethingjdn in Unkenntnis über etw (acc)lassen, jdn etw nicht wissen lassen; to be in ignorance of somethingetw nicht wissen; ignorance (of the law) is no excuseUnkenntnis schützt vor Strafe nicht

ignorance

[ˈɪgnrns] n ignorance (of)ignoranza (di)
to keep sb in ignorance of sth → tenere qn all'oscuro di qc
to show one's ignorance → dimostrare la propria ignoranza
it's no use pleading ignorance of the law → la legge non ammette ignoranza

ignorant

(ˈignərənt) adjective
1. knowing very little. He's really very ignorant – he ought to read more; I'm ignorant about money matters.
2. (with of) unaware. He continued on his way, ignorant of the dangers which lay ahead.
ˈignorantly adverb
ˈignorance noun

ignorance

جَهْلٌ nevzdělanost uvidenhed Unkenntnis άγνοια ignorancia tietämättömyys ignorance neznanje ignoranza 無知 무식 onwetendheid uvitenhet ignorancja ignorância невежество okunnighet ความโง่เขลา cehalet sự thiếu hiểu biết 无知

ignorance

n. ignorancia.
References in classic literature ?
Being a domestic man, John decidedly missed the wifely attentions he had been accustomed to receive, but as he adored his babies, he cheerfully relinquished his comfort for a time, supposing with masculine ignorance that peace would soon be restored.
Left by their guide, the travelers remained a few minutes in helpless ignorance, afraid even to move along the broken rocks, lest a false step should precipitate them down some one of the many deep and roaring caverns, into which the water seemed to tumble, on every side of them.
He decided that, in his ignorance, he had wasted his own time and that of the prosecuting attorney.
It is needless to add that the young girls never knew of this act of violence, or the delicacy that kept them in ignorance of it.
I found it simple, in my ignorance, my confusion, and perhaps my conceit, to assume that I could deal with a boy whose education for the world was all on the point of beginning.
Ignorance is the parent of fear, and being completely nonplussed and confounded about the stranger, i confess i was now as much afraid of him as if it was the devil himself who had thus broken into my room at the dead of night.
As he mounted the deck, ahab abruptly accosted him, without at all heeding what he had in his hand; but in his broken lingo, the German soon evinced his complete ignorance of the White Whale; immediately turning the conversation to his lamp-feeder and oil can, with some remarks touching his having to turn into his hammock at night in profound darkness --his last drop of Bremen oil being gone, and not a single flying-fish yet captured to supply the deficiency; concluding by hinting that his ship was indeed what in the Fishery is technically called a clean one (that is, an empty one), well deserving the name of Jungfrau or the Virgin.
I knew you did not wish to be too hard, and I am glad you see it was only ignorance.
Once their water pipes froze and burst; and when, in their ignorance, they thawed them out, they had a terrifying flood in their house.
Add to this all the terrors with which ignorance invests the unknown, and add to this, again, that selling to the south is set before the negro from childhood as the last severity of punishment.
What we call knowledge is often our positive ignorance; ignorance our negative knowledge.
Then we took the other young noble in hand, and he was the first one's twin, for ignorance and incapacity.