Invincible ignorance
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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  • invincible ignorance —  Непроходимое невежество …   Вестминстерский словарь теологических терминов

  • Ignorance — • Lack of knowledge about a thing in a being capable of knowing Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Ignorance     Ignorance     † …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • invincible — (adj.) early 15c., from M.Fr. invincible (14c.) or directly from L. invincibilis unconquerable, from in not (see IN (Cf. in ) (1)) + vincibilis conquerable, from vincere to overcome (see VICTOR (Cf. victor)). Related: Invincibly …   Etymology dictionary

  • 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • INVINCIBLE — adj. des deux genres Qu’on ne peut vaincre. Une armée invincible. Par extension, Un courage invincible. Argument invincible, raison invincible, raisonnement invincible, Argument, raison, raisonnement auquel il n’y a point de bonne réplique.… …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • IGNORANCE — s. f. Défaut de connaissance, manque de savoir. Ignorance grossière. Ignorance crasse. Grande ignorance. Profonde ignorance. Ignorance excusable. Ignorance invincible. Ignorance volontaire. Ignorance affectée. Durant les siècles d ignorance. C… …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 7eme edition (1835)

  • IGNORANCE — n. f. état de celui qui est ignorant. Ignorance grossière. Profonde ignorance. Ignorance excusable. Ignorance invincible. Ignorance volontaire. Ignorance affectée. On a cru longtemps à tort que le moyen âge était un siècle d’ignorance. Croupir… …   Dictionnaire de l'Academie Francaise, 8eme edition (1935)

  • ignorance — Although ignorance of the law [[➝ Law]] may not be an acceptable defence in modern society, it was pardonable in Israel (Num. 15:24) and in the early Church (1 Tim. 1:13), but the invincible ignorance of Gentiles (Eph. 4:18) has led them to… …   Dictionary of the Bible

  • invincible — [ ɛ̃vɛ̃sibl ] adj. • 1360; bas lat. invincibilis 1 ♦ Qui ne peut être vaincu. ⇒ imbattable. Armée invincible. Héros invincible. Place forte invincible. ⇒ inexpugnable. Vx Invincible à, qui résiste victorieusement à. ♢ Qui ne se laisse pas abattre …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • ignorance — [ iɲɔrɑ̃s ] n. f. • 1120; lat. ignorantia 1 ♦ État d une personne qui ignore; le fait de ne pas connaître qqch. Laisser, tenir, entretenir qqn dans l ignorance (de qqch.). Être dans l ignorance (de qqch.). « L homme sans Dieu est dans l ignorance …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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