• WordNet 3.6
    • n ignorance the lack of knowledge or education
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Additional illustrations & photos:

A kitten with its eyes closed, ignoring the two mice laughing behind it A kitten with its eyes closed, ignoring the two mice laughing behind it

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It is not possible to tickle yourself. The cerebellum, a part of the brain, warns the rest of the brain that you are about to tickle yourself. Since your brain knows this, it ignores the resulting sensation
    • Ignorance (Theol) A willful neglect or refusal to acquire knowledge which one may acquire and it is his duty to have.
    • Ignorance The condition of being ignorant; the lack of knowledge in general, or in relation to a particular subject; the state of being uneducated or uninformed. "Ignorance is the curse of God,
      Knowledge the wing wherewith we fly to heaven."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Ohio, if you ignore an orator on Decoration day to such an extent as to publicly play croquet or pitch horseshoes within one mile of the speaker's stand, you can be fined $25.00.
    • n ignorance The state of being ignorant; want of knowledge in general, or concerning some particular matter; the condition of not being cognizant, informed, or aware.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the England it is illegal to sell most goods on a sunday, (this law is mostly ignored), it is however legal to sell a carrot. It is also legal to sell it at any price and to give free gifts with it, such as anything else one might want to buy on a sunday.
    • n Ignorance state of being ignorant: want of knowledge—in R.C. theol. vincible or wilful ignorance is such as one might be fairly expected to overcome, hence it can never be an excuse for sin, whether of omission or of commission; while invincible ignorance, which a man could not help or abate, altogether excuses from guilt:
    • n Ignorance (pl.) in Litany, sins committed through ignorance
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  • Amos Bronson Alcott
    “To be ignorant of one's ignorance is the malady of the ignorant.”
  • Robert Browning
    “Ignorance is not innocence, but sin.”
  • Confucius
    “Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon or star.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “Being ignorant is not so much a shame as being unwilling to learn.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Nothing is more terrible than to see ignorance in action.”
  • Nicholas Ling
    Nicholas Ling
    “Ignorance is a voluntary misfortune.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. ignorantia,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. ignorans, -antis, pr.p. of ignorāre. See Ignore.


In literature:

In Smyrna the authority of the Cadi was ignored or silenced by purses; when the Turks complained, the Seraglio swallowed gold on both sides.
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
Polyandry is only possible among a few feeble and degenerate races who ignore jealousy.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
General ignorance is the cause of general unhappiness and such dense ignorance often makes them suspicious and unreasonable.
"Our Moslem Sisters" by Annie Van Sommer
Man's ignorance, superstition, stupidity, and selfishness, make a hell for him in this life.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
The people were so ignorant, and such implicit believers, that it could be done with security.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
It simply places the ignorance of the past on the same plane with the ignorance of the present.
"Men, Women, and Gods" by Helen H. Gardener
No wonder the clergy of that city are ignorant and bigoted even unto this day.
"The Ghosts" by Robert G. Ingersoll
To dispel Ignorance and become wise (Prajna).
"The Buddhist Catechism" by Henry S. Olcott
I listened, and was astonished, for we are so ignorant here in Simiti, oh, so ignorant!
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
There she lavished tenderness on the British wounded and ignored the German.
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes

In poetry:

To save from ignorance and vice
The poorest, humblest child;
To make our age the fairest one
On which the sun has smiled;
"The Present Age" by Frances Ellen Watkins
Then there is no rashness shown
In repeating it once more,
Since to hear or to ignore
Suits alike your stoic coldness.
"The Two Lovers Of Heaven: Chrysanthus And Daria - Act I" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
When little more than boy in age,
I deem'd myself almost a sage:
But now seem worthier to be styled For ignorance, almost a child.
"Retalliation" by William Cowper
Like her, in ignorance content,
I worshipped long I knew not what;
Like her, on other things intent,
I found him, when I sought him not.
"The Woman Of Samaria" by John Newton
Press on and prosper, holy friend!
I, weak and ignorant, would lend
A voice, thee, strong and wise, to send
Prospering onward without end.
"To Aurelio Saffi" by George MacDonald
You cannot change your skin, my man,
For Nature made you as you are;
Your wish to break your father's clan
Is ignorance that goes too far.
"Wanting To Desert" by Marcus Mosiah Garvey

In news:

The past week briefly put to rest justifiable fears that Debussy 's 150th birthday would continue to be ignored by New York's major cultural institutions.
They've looked after the big-ticket items but have ignored the small things.
After days of largely ignoring the media blitz his former pastor has waged, Barack Obama reversed course and denounced the Rev.
Department of Energy Outlook Ignores Major Developments.
Falling back to 1970s-style desegregation policies like busing ignores new schooling options that weren't available decades ago and which offer better educational opportunities for minority students.
He's as ignorant of moral strictures as he is of masturbation, rendered moot by ubiquitous babes.
The ignorance by American students of the basic history of the civil rights movement has not changed — in fact, it has worsened, according to a new report by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Israel's ultra-Orthodox, who eschew army service and favor religious study over work, were once ignored as a tiny minority.
I had a special gift as a child, the ability to manipulate babysitters into ignoring my bedtime so I could watch Fantasy Island.
In the battle to save endangered animals, some environmentalists say we should ignore the charismatic pandas and condors and instead practice "conservation triage.".
If software patches are important, why do so many ignore them.
Elected officials can't ignore laws that they disapprove of.
Such recommendations ignore the shared sacrifice already shouldered by public employees.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has asked institutions to ignore letters that were sent out last week detailing refunds owed to VA.
Brady Quinn was so desperate to continue a playing career that had been stalled for almost three years that he ignored concussion symptoms for three plays of the Chiefs' recent loss to Oakland.

In science:

In that case, it is acceptable to ignore the convergence properties of the effective partition function and integrate over the unitary supergroup instead.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
Because of the success of the quenched approximation in lattice QCD simulations at µ = 0, it is tempting to ignore the fermion determinant in this case.
Random Matrix Theory and Chiral Symmetry in QCD
This argument ignores the fact that the only access we have to real systems is through measurement.
Response to Comments on "Simple Measure for Complexity"
The values of the exponents estimated in this way are untrustworthy because the existence of logarithmic corrections to the main term cannot simply be ignored.
II. Territory covered by N random walkers on stochastic fractals. The percolation aggregate
This dimensional consistency has been ignored in all previous studies and γ < 2β + λ + 1 was identified as the recession regime and γ > 2β + λ + 1 as the fragmentation regime assuming m(x) ∼ mxγ .
Formation of a New Class of Random Fractals in Fragmentation with Mass Loss