Definition: Ignorance; absence of knowledge or awareness.

Pronunciation: NE-shi-ens


The word nescient is dated back to the 1620’s and is compounded of the Latin prepositional negating affix ‘ne‘ and the verb scire, to know. The word science also stems from the Latin noun scientia, knowledge.

Why this word?

Unfortunately, ignorance is daily met and is responsible for most of this world’s disputes and conflicts. The word ignorance has a deliberate sense to it, pointing to intentional lack of knowledge due to carelessness or simply not wanting to know; for this reason ‘ignorance’ hold a somewhat mean intentional meaning.

Nescience on the other hand, is nothing like that as it represents the lack of knowledge with no added value to this lack. Religious Jewish leaders, rabbis and their followers practice blunt ignorance by saying that the world is 5000 years old as they deliberately ignore this world’s facts. 5 year old Danny practices nescience when he says his father to be the tallest person in this word.

How to use nescience?

This is a great noun when referring to general notions and a great adjective when referring to specific people’s nescience.

This generation is completely nescient when it comes to the basic laws of physics

David is usually such a smart guy, but when it comes to literature and fine arts, he is more than nescient


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Written by Victoria Sheinkin

Victoria Sheinkin is a writer, content editor, translator and chief editor for Speaking three and a half languages, she holds two BAs from the Tel Aviv university- Communication and jounalism, English literature and linguistics.


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