incomprehension


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in·com·pre·hen·sion

 (ĭn′kŏm-prĭ-hĕn′shən, ĭn-kŏm′-)
n.
Lack of comprehension or understanding.

incomprehension

(ˌɪnkɒmprɪˈhɛnʃən; ɪnˌkɒm-)
n
inability or failure to comprehend; lack of understanding

in•com•pre•hen•sion

(ˌɪn kɒm prɪˈhɛn ʃən, ɪnˌkɒm-)

n.
lack of comprehension or understanding.
[1595–1605]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.incomprehension - an inability to understand; "his incomprehension of the consequences"
inability - lack of ability (especially mental ability) to do something
comprehension - an ability to understand the meaning or importance of something (or the knowledge acquired as a result); "how you can do that is beyond my comprehension"; "he was famous for his comprehension of American literature"
Translations

incomprehension

[ˌɪnkɒmprɪˈhenʃən] Nincomprensión f

incomprehension

[ɪnˌkɒmprɪˈhɛnʃən] nincompréhension f
a look of incomprehension → un regard où se lit (or se lisait ) l'incompréhension

incomprehension

[ˌɪnkɒmprɪˈhɛnʃən] n he gave me a look of incomprehensionmi fissava senza capire
References in classic literature ?
Capoul's impassioned wooing, and affected a guileless incomprehension of his designs whenever, by word or glance, he persuasively indicated the ground floor window of the neat brick villa projecting obliquely from the right wing.
Aglaya gazed at him for some seconds with precisely the same composure and calm astonishment as she had shown a little while before, when the prince handed her the note, and it appeared that this calm surprise and seemingly absolute incomprehension of what was said to her, were more terribly overwhelming to Gania than even the most plainly expressed disdain would have been.
Into Lop-Ear's eyes came the plaintive look that always accompanied incomprehension, and I know that in my eyes must have been the same look.
This she did not comprehend, attributing her incomprehension to his incoherence.
Into the Chinese mind the Japanese went on where we were balked by the obstacle of incomprehension.
Saxon murmured, her hands tightly clasped in anguish of incomprehension and vital need to know.
What he discovers with new force, through both the theory and the practice, as the year of mourning goes on, is the essential incomprehension - the enmity - of classical Judaism for the romantic temperament, or even for the individual's possession of his own feelings.
Her incomprehension of the dark side of life should be our incomprehension, her ignorance of social discrimination and prejudice our ignorance, her sensitivity to unspoken human needs our sensitivity.
But I still feel I've failed to even begin to say what I would like to about all this and am left with something akin to incomprehension.
As Helen Muchnic once pointed out, we too will come to stand like that astonished child "in a dark corner, gazing in tense and troubled incomprehension on the tragically sordid scene that unfolds"; but not all readers will be as consoled as Muchnic was by the grandmother's sudden replacement of the departed father with her soft, strong hand at the child's side offsetting "an infinitude of cruelty" (41) by teaching him tolerance and appreciation.
A portrayal of mass street confusion, incomprehension, and bewilderment, as well as individual suffering and bereavement, could have degenerated into cliche and sentimentality, but the companies' brilliant expression of these through dance, movement and music which was both vibrant and dramatic, yet superbly controlled and restrained, produced a quality of allegory and universality.
But after such delights, I went back down to earth with a thud at the IGD briefing on B2B exchanges last week, contemplating death by Powerpoint, and monitoring the audience's varying expressions of incomprehension.