blindness vs sightlessness what difference

what is difference between blindness and sightlessness

English

Etymology

From Middle English blyndnes, blyndnesse, from Old English blindnes (blindness), equivalent to blind +‎ -ness.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈblaɪndnəs/
  • Hyphenation: blind‧ness

Noun

blindness (usually uncountable, plural blindnesses)

  1. The condition of being blind; unable to see.
  2. (figuratively) Want of intellectual or moral discernment; mental darkness; ignorance, heedlessness.
  3. (obsolete) concealment

Synonyms

  • ablepsy (rare)
  • blindhood (rare)
  • cecity
  • sightlessness

Derived terms

  • colour blindness, color blindness
  • deaf-blindness, deafblindness
  • snow blindness
  • stereoblindness

Translations

See also

  • anosmia
  • deafness

References

  • blindness in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • “blindness”, in OED Online ⁠, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, launched 2000.


English

Etymology

sightless +‎ -ness

Noun

sightlessness (uncountable)

  1. the characteristic of being sightless; blindness

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