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" – user121863 Sep 16 '19 at 4:56
  • Hmmm...oversights. Look it up. – Xanne Sep 16 '19 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 '19 at 8:00
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    The two examples do not seem to need the same word or expression. – Kris Sep 16 '19 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'. – Edwin Ashworth Sep 16 '19 at 13:24

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

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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. – marcellothearcane Sep 16 '19 at 7:07
  • Thanks for the suggestion @marcellothearcane – Vineet Kulkarni Sep 16 '19 at 12:14

Try Nescience.

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

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