KJV Dictionary Definition: ignorance


IG'NORANCE, n. L. ignorantia; ignoro,not to know; ignarus, ignorant; in and gnarus, knowing.

1. Want, absence or destitution of knowledge; the negative state of the mind which has not been instructed in arts, literature or science, or has not been informed of facts. Ignorance may be general, or it may be limited to particular subjects. Ignorance of the law does not excuse a man for violating it. Ignorance of facts if often venial.

Ignorance is preferable to error.

2. Ignorances, in the plural, is used sometimes for omissions or mistakes; but the use is uncommon and not to be encouraged.


IG'NORANT, a. L. ignorans. Destitute of knowledge; uninstructed or uninformed; untaught; unenlightened. A man may be ignorant of the law, or of any art or science. He may be ignorant of his own rights, or of the rights of others.

1. Unknown; undiscovered; a poetical use; as ignorant concealment.

2. Unacquainted with.

Ignorant of guilt, I fear not shame.

3. Unskillfully made or done. Not legitimate.

Poor ignorant baubles.

IG'NORANT, n. A person untaught or uninformed; one unlettered or unskilled.

Did I for this take pains to teach

Our zealous ignorants to preach?


IG'NORANTLY, adv. Without knowledge, instruction or information.

Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you. Acts.17.

1. Unskillfully; inexpertly. A man may mistake blunders for beauties and ignorantly admire them.


IGNO'RE, v.t. To be ignorant. Not in use.