Definition of ignorance in English:



  • Lack of knowledge or information.

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

    • proverb If you do not know about something, you do not worry about it.

      • ‘The secret to working with dangerous animals is to remember that ignorance is bliss.’
      • ‘Unless you believe ignorance is bliss, the discovery of the truth of any situation is a good thing.’
      • ‘Ignorance is bliss to the general public when it comes to such sensitive and important institutions as the economy.’
      • ‘There truly are times when ignorance is bliss, Miss.’
      • ‘She had already learned that ignorance is bliss.’
      • ‘Most of us believe that ignorance is bliss.’
      • ‘Ignorance is bliss on the executive rung of the corporate ladder.’
      • ‘No wonder they claim that ignorance is bliss.’
      • ‘They say ignorance is bliss, and that proved to be the case because I wasn't overawed in that first game.’
      • ‘Ignorance is bliss and we have absolutely no clue whether we are in a tourist rip-off joint or an authentic charming authentic tea house.’


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