Definition of incomprehension in English:

incomprehension

noun

mass noun
  • Failure to understand something.

    ‘they gave him a look of complete incomprehension’
    • ‘It's then that I glance over at Irian, who is listening to our niceties with complete incomprehension.’
    • ‘But, as my conversation with two Georgian fellows spilled out into the corridor, I sensed the rising waters of mutual incomprehension.’
    • ‘She takes my incomprehension to signify that we'll never really understand each other and are thus, not each other's Ones.’
    • ‘It was a mix of sympathy, disappointment and incomprehension.’
    • ‘In one scene we see Vicki's complete incomprehension of the gangster talk that surrounds her.’
    • ‘Ilse looked at him with bemused incomprehension.’
    • ‘I must have had an expression of absolute incomprehension, because she looked away from me and repeated the question in a slightly less emphatic tone.’
    • ‘On the whole, not a great success, ending as it did in mumbling confession of love, response of utter incomprehension and threats of violence from older brother.’
    • ‘Could it be because you're operating with complete incomprehension of their feelings - which this week are very, very touchy?’
    • ‘His fitful petulance, his unsuccessful attempts to take control, his complete incomprehension of adult assumptions and mores.’
    • ‘Bessey encountered a spectrum of incomprehension, scorn, puzzlement and good will.’
    • ‘In fact, it's only when I ask for another coffee that he complains, his voice pitched somewhere between disgust and incomprehension.’
    • ‘When the appeal is turned down he looks at the umpire the way a teenager looks at his father when told he cannot have £50 for a night out: incomprehension.’
    • ‘Children, left to their own devices, stand on the sidelines where they observe the grown-ups with a mixture of incomprehension and sudden insight.’
    • ‘After a few moments of complete incomprehension, Em broke out of her daze and blinked up at her fellow instrumentalists.’
    • ‘The tone betrayed his incomprehension of those stupid blue collar voters who don't understand their own interests as well as Matt does, but the facts were welcome.’
    • ‘I remember listening to Debussy preludes for the first couple of times with similar enjoyable incomprehension.’
    • ‘So, what we have is not a clash of civilizations but mutual complicity in proliferating mutual incomprehension.’
    • ‘On the other hand, there is still a very real cynicism, unease and basic incomprehension which prevents complete acceptance.’
    • ‘Official reaction was one of complete incomprehension as to how such a thing could even happen.’
    bewilderment, confusion, puzzlement, perplexity, bafflement, befuddlement, stupefaction, mystification, disorientation, dumbfoundedness, astonishment
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Pronunciation

incomprehension

/ˌɪnkɒmprɪˈhɛnʃ(ə)n/