Definition of incomprehension in English:



  • [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.’
    • ‘Official reaction was one of complete incomprehension as to how such a thing could even happen.’
    • ‘She takes my incomprehension to signify that we'll never really understand each other and are thus, not each other's Ones.’
    • ‘But, as my conversation with two Georgian fellows spilled out into the corridor, I sensed the rising waters of mutual incomprehension.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I remember listening to Debussy preludes for the first couple of times with similar enjoyable incomprehension.’
    • ‘Bessey encountered a spectrum of incomprehension, scorn, puzzlement and good will.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In one scene we see Vicki's complete incomprehension of the gangster talk that surrounds her.’
    • ‘Could it be because you're operating with complete incomprehension of their feelings - which this week are very, very touchy?’
    • ‘Ilse looked at him with bemused incomprehension.’
    • ‘After a few moments of complete incomprehension, Em broke out of her daze and blinked up at her fellow instrumentalists.’
    • ‘So, what we have is not a clash of civilizations but mutual complicity in proliferating mutual incomprehension.’
    • ‘His fitful petulance, his unsuccessful attempts to take control, his complete incomprehension of adult assumptions and mores.’
    • ‘On the other hand, there is still a very real cynicism, unease and basic incomprehension which prevents complete acceptance.’
    • ‘It was a mix of sympathy, disappointment and incomprehension.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Children, left to their own devices, stand on the sidelines where they observe the grown-ups with a mixture of incomprehension and sudden insight.’
    • ‘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.’
    bewilderment, confusion, puzzlement, perplexity, bafflement, befuddlement, stupefaction, mystification, incomprehension, disorientation, dumbfoundedness, astonishment
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