American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The state of not knowing; lack of knowledge; ignorance.
- n. The absence of knowledge; ignorance, especially of orthodox beliefs.
- n. philosophy The doctrine that nothing is actually knowable.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Want of knowledge; ignorance; agnosticism.
- n. ignorance (especially of orthodox beliefs)
- From Latin nescientia, from the present participle of nescire. (Wiktionary)
- Late Latin nescientia, from Latin nesciēns, nescient-, present participle of nescīre, to be ignorant : ne-, not; see ne in Indo-European roots + scīre, to know; see skei- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“However, your "Why cant people just understand some people just arent right in the head?" represents a particularly useless flavor of active nescience.”
“The narrator strives to distinguish himself from those who exhibit nescience in relation to the attack.”
“What is originally just foolishness, stupidity, or nescience becomes something much more morally serious when you double down on it.”
“It will fail because of exactly the IMHO nescience and disinformation pervading most of the movie-going public.”
“My friends, the world is awash with insane rhetoric, a rhetoric that is spewed and conjured by half-baked holy men referencing centuries-old texts that were written during times of incalculable nescience.”
“The catastrophe is the apparent enveloping nescience at the configuration of the Supreme Court and basic math.”
“And hearken to the silence of the courtiers and grant-grubbers of Establishment Conservatism, whose mingled nescience and cowardice testify to the gutlessness and wicked stupidity of what passes for the Right.”
“In fact, his ignorance of worldly matters seems to be exceeded only by his nescience – perhaps in a rather charming way – with things of the spirit.”
“Evil is a by-product of evolution in Teilhard, while in Aurobindo, evil is nescience, the lowest state of divinity, and the absolute being is really beyond all duality, including good and evil.”
“In such a naked state of nescience, Valentin had a view and a method of his own.”
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