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inscītĭa , ae, f. inscitus,
I.ignorance, inexperience, unskilfulness, awkwardness, stupidity, stolidity in any thing (usu. with suggestion of blame; while inscientia is simply the absence of knowledge; but the distinction is neglected by Tacitus; v. infra).—With gen., rarely with erga (class.): “rerum,Cic. de Or. 1, 22, 49: “temporis,id. Off. 1, 40, 144: “belli,Nep. Epam. 7, 4: rei publicae ut alienae, Tac. H. 1, 1: “rerum verborumque,Quint. 5, 13, 38: “veri,Hor. S. 2, 3, 43: “artis,Suet. Ner. 41: “temporum,Plin. 7, 48, 49, § 155: “aedificandi,Tac. G. 16: “inscitiam potius legionum quam audaciam increpans,Tac. H. 1, 90.—Absol., ignorance, stupidily (ante-class.): “male mereri de immerente inscitia est,Plaut. Curc. 1, 3, 29: “sex talenta magna dotis demam pro ista inscitia,id. Truc. 4, 3, 71: “temeritate atque inscitia exercitum in locum praecipitem perducere,Liv. 26, 2, 7; 8, 33, 17.—In plur.: “Pannoniorum inscitiae,Front. Princip. Hist. 319.—
II. Ignorance, absence of knowledge, = inscientia (only in Tac.): “fore ut acerrimi militum per tenebras et inscitiam ceterorum occiderentur,Tac. H. 1, 54: quo fidem inscitiae pararet, to induce confidence in his ignorance of the crime, id. A. 15, 58: “isque illi finis inscitiae erga domum suam fuit,id. ib. 11, 25: “inscitia litterarum,id. Or. 19.
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