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illiteracy

[ih-lit-er-uh-see]
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noun, plural il·lit·er·a·cies for 3.
  1. a lack of ability to read and write.
  2. the state of being illiterate; lack of any or enough education.
  3. a mistake in writing or speaking, felt to be characteristic of an illiterate or semiliterate person: a letter that was full of illiteracies.

Origin of illiteracy

First recorded in 1650–60; illiter(ate) + -acy
Related formssem·i-il·lit·er·a·cy, noun
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Word Origin and History for illiteracy

n.

1650s, from illiterate + -cy. Earlier in this sense was illiterature (1590s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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