Is ignore the root of ignorance?

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hi there,

i've been looking in many online and offline sources to see if the root of the word ignorance in english is ignore.
i understand that they come from the same latin source (to know) and silly as it may seem i just want a solid reference that ignorance = ignore-ance in english.

thanks alot,
eyal
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Hi,

These are pasted from http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=ignore

Are they not satisfactory to you?

ignorance
early 13c., from Fr. ignorance (12c.), from L. ignorantia (see ignorant).

ignorant
late 14c., from O.Fr. ignorant, from L. ignorantia, from ignorantem, prp. of ignorare from in- "not" + Old L. gnarus "aware, acquainted with," from Porot-L. suffixed form *gno-ro-, related to gnoscere "to know" (see know). Form influenced by ignotus "unknown." Cf. also uncouth. Colloquial sense of "ill-mannered" first attested 1886.

ignore
1611, "not to know, to be ignorant of," from Fr. ignorer, from L. ignorare "not to know, disregard," from ignarus "not knowing, unaware" (see ignorant). Sense of "pay no attention to" first recorded 1801 and not common until c.1850.

Best wishes, Clive
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Cliveignore 1611, "not to know, to be ignorant of," from Fr. ignorer, from L. ignorare "not to know, disregard," from ignarus "not knowing, unaware" (see ignorant). Sense of "pay no attention to" first recorded 1801 and not common until c.1850.

Best wishes, Clive

And, it's interesting to note that while French ignorer = 'not to know', if you want to express English 'ignore', it is feindre ignorer (to pretend not to know).

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Hi Clive,

Thanks for the reference but these are the facts I already knew.
Here is a quote the likes of which i found several on the web:
"For years I have contended that an undesirable effect of the Galactic Center is ignorance, or more precisely: ignore-ance. Unlike ignorance, which is the lack of knowledge, ignore-ance is the act of ignoring available insight, information and consciousness building concepts because they are inconvenient, require discipline, upset the status quo, or make a person feel wrong. According to pure Sagittarius precepts, ignoring valid information constitutes missing the mark (sin). Sagittarius, of course, is the zodiacal home of the Galactic Center, whether measured tropically or sidereally."

I understand that ignorance and ignore has the same latin roots but quotes like these make me wonder if i can safely say that according to English grammar ignorance is composed of the word ignore and the suffix ance.

Thanks alot,
Eyal
eyal.herlinI understand that ignorance and ignore has the same latin roots but quotes like these make me wonder if i can safely say that according to English grammar ignorance is composed of the word ignore and the suffix ance.

I don't think that's a very big leap.
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thanks for the cynicism but i'm not a native english speaker and i just wanted to be sure
eyal.herlinthanks for the cynicism but i'm not a native english speaker and i just wanted to be sure

Sorry, I wasn't meaning to be cynical. I just didn't have any evidence that it was not the case, and that your assumption was correct.

[Native speakers may use that expression too often.]
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Once during my Bible study I understood that Ignorance is a compound word resulting from the combination of two words namely:

Ignore + Brilliance = (Ignor-) + (-ance) = Ignorance

To be ignorant is to ignore brilliance. Brilliance refers to the Light (the Truth, the Way)... the Knowledge of the Truth... That is why Ignorance is always referred to as the lack of Knowledge... the the Lack of Light... the Lack of Brilliance

To be Ignorance is to be in Darkness.

According to the Bible, Ignorance is a state of lack of Knowledge, and the lack of Knowledge is the result of rejecting Knowledge. To reject Knowledge is to reject the Light:

Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge (ignorance); because thou hast rejected knowledge,

You become ignorant when you reject the knowledge of the Most High God which Jesus came to make clear and available to mankind. That is why Jesus said:

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Joh 12:46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.

Joh 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

I hope this helps you,

Pastor Masha, Atlanta Georgia.
While that's a great folk etymology it has nothing to do with the actual source of the words.
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