Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The state of being blind. Want of sight.
  • noun Want of intellectual discernment; mental darkness; ignorance; heedlessness.
  • noun Concealment.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun State or condition of being blind, literally or figuratively.
  • noun inability to distinguish certain color. See Daltonism.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The condition of being blind; unable to see.
  • noun figuratively Want of intellectual or moral discernment; mental darkness; ignorance, heedlessness.
  • noun obsolete concealment

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the state of being blind or lacking sight

Etymologies

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From Middle English blindnes, from Old English blindnysse; morphologically as if blind +‎ -ness.

Examples

  • Yes, still thinking the blindness is an act - but DAMN, his eyes were GREEN tonight.

    Even Gloomier

  • His allusion to what he called her blindness terrified her.

    Riders of the Purple Sage

  • Ishmael took himself severely to task for what he called the blindness, the weakness, and the folly with which he had permitted himself to fall into a hopeless, mad, and nearly fatal passion for one placed so high above him that indeed he might as well have loved some "bright particular star," and hoped to win it.

    Ishmael In the Depths

  • At a ceremony in the town, Salvadorean Foreign Minister Hugo Martinez asked forgiveness for what he called the "blindness of state violence".

    BBC News - Home

  • But color blindness is itself a controversial concept: Some hold it as the highest ideal of true racial equality in a post-racial society, while others cynically dismiss it as a strategy for ignoring evidence of persistent racial discrimination.

    Wray Herbert: Colorblind? Or Just Blind to Justice?

  • This diminished outcry may in turn lead to a false impression that color blindness is working, reinforcing support for a dubious race relations strategy.

    Wray Herbert: Colorblind? Or Just Blind to Justice?

  • This diminished outcry may in turn lead to a false impression that color blindness is working, reinforcing support for a dubious race relations strategy.

    Wray Herbert: Colorblind? Or Just Blind to Justice?

  • This diminished outcry may in turn lead to a false impression that color blindness is working, reinforcing support for a dubious race relations strategy.

    Wray Herbert: Colorblind? Or Just Blind to Justice?

  • But color blindness is itself a controversial concept: Some hold it as the highest ideal of true racial equality in a post-racial society, while others cynically dismiss it as a strategy for ignoring evidence of persistent racial discrimination.

    Wray Herbert: Colorblind? Or Just Blind to Justice?

  • But color blindness is itself a controversial concept: Some hold it as the highest ideal of true racial equality in a post-racial society, while others cynically dismiss it as a strategy for ignoring evidence of persistent racial discrimination.

    Wray Herbert: Colorblind? Or Just Blind to Justice?

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