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incomprehension

[in-kom-pri-hen-shuh n, in-kom-] /ˌɪn kɒm prɪˈhɛn ʃən, ɪnˌkɒm-/
noun
1.
lack of comprehension or understanding:
The audience listened politely but with incomprehension.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; in-3 + comprehension
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  • And yet, for all the mutual incomprehension, the moment still binds them together.
  • As for leftovers, if you want to take them away, expect the staff to look at you with utter incomprehension.
  • Most of us will die in the prison of old age, perhaps liberated by senility into incomprehension.
  • incomprehension is simply what a narcissist calls disagreement.
  • It is the practiced and familiar ritual greeting of mutual incomprehension and ancient contempt.
  • The atmosphere inside the cell blocks is increasingly tense, exacerbated by repressive tactics and mutual incomprehension.
  • On both sides the hearts were then filled by hatred and incomprehension.
  • It also serves as a coping mechanism in the face of incomprehension.
  • He describes the dazed incomprehension of those who came of age during the boom and who now do not know how to cope with a slump.
  • But it is played in a world that in its tribalism-and mutual incomprehension-can look rather ugly.
British Dictionary definitions for incomprehension

incomprehension

/ˌɪnkɒmprɪˈhɛnʃən; ɪnˌkɒm-/
noun
1.
inability or failure to comprehend; lack of understanding
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Word Origin and History for incomprehension
n.

c.1600, from in- (1) "not" + comprehension.

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