I try to use the 2nd or 3rd definition of words (to slow down speed readers). However, I am not sure if "ignorance" has a 2nd definition.
(common meaning) is "a lack of knowledge". With this meaning, no syllable is stressed.
- My ignorance of hardware means I cannot build my own pc.
(2nd meaning?) If pronounced differently, I think that "ignorance" can also mean "a willful and careless disregard of something". The "nor" syllable in "ig-NOR-ance" must be stressed.
- The French were aware of the strategic weakness of the Maginot Line, and their ignorance of it enabled the German blitz through the Low Countries.
- My ignorance of my girlfriend's hourly text messages quickly caused our break-up.
In a dictionary, "ignorance" is only defined as "lack of knowledge". But, I am not talking about that "ignorance". I am talking about the "ignorance" that is derived from "to ignore" and thus pronounced just like "to ignore", and thus has the meaning of "to ignore". There is precedence for this:
"to accept" --- derive ---> "acceptance"
"to ignore" --- derive ---> "ignorance"
Anyone agree with me?