Ignorance Ig"no*rance, n. [F., fr. L. ignorantia.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

Ignorance is the curse of God, Knowledge the wing wherewith we fly to heaven. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. (Theol.) A willful neglect or refusal to acquire knowledge which one may acquire and it is his duty to have. --Book of Common Prayer. [1913 Webster]

{Invincible ignorance} (Theol.), ignorance beyond the individual's control and for which, therefore, he is not responsible before God. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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