I need a word for "situations where something was ignored"


This was one of the worst ____ of democracy in history

His many ____ of basic hygiene led to his sickness

I was thinking "negligences" but that's not a real word. Something like that.

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    Neglect (noun) - the state of being uncared for. "the place had a hopeless air of neglect"
    – user 66974
    Sep 16, 2019 at 4:56
  • Hmmm...oversights. Look it up.
    – Xanne
    Sep 16, 2019 at 5:16
  • Why do you think that "neglicence" is not a real word? dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/negligence It does not imply ignoring but giving insufficient attention but I think that it fits your needs.
    – RubioRic
    Sep 16, 2019 at 8:00
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    The two examples do not seem to need the same word or expression.
    – Kris
    Sep 16, 2019 at 10:34
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    @Kris Agreed. In fact, I'd use 'This was one of the worst cases of democracy turning a blind eye in history' and 'His constant disregard for basic hygiene led to his sickness'. Sep 16, 2019 at 13:24

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The word "dereliction" should work in your context.



3a: intentional or conscious neglect.


Therefore -

This was one of the worst derelictions of democracy in history.

His many derelictions of basic hygiene led to his sickness


You could use lapse, or lapses. A lapse of judgement for example.

Merrian-Webster defines lapse as (intransitive verb):

: to fall from an attained and usually high level (as of morals or manners) to one much lower

: to depart from an accepted pattern or standard

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    Good suggestion. Please include a definition from a dictionary, for people who aren't sure what the word means. Sep 16, 2019 at 7:07
  • Thanks for the suggestion @marcellothearcane Sep 16, 2019 at 12:14

Try Nescience.

Merriam-Webster definition for this noun is: lack of knowledge or awareness.

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