[ ih-lit-er-uh-see ]
/ ɪˈlɪt ər ə si /

noun, plural il·lit·er·a·cies for 3.

a lack of ability to read and write.
the state of being illiterate; lack of any or enough education.
a mistake in writing or speaking, felt to be characteristic of an illiterate or semiliterate person: a letter that was full of illiteracies.

Nearby words

  1. illinois bundleflower,
  2. illinois waterway,
  3. illinoisan,
  4. illiquid,
  5. illite,
  6. illiterate,
  7. illiterati,
  8. illitic,
  9. illness,
  10. illocution

Origin of illiteracy

First recorded in 1650–60; illiter(ate) + -acy

Related formssem·i-il·lit·er·a·cy, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for illiteracy



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper