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literation

noun
  1. the use of letters to represent sounds or words
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Historical Examples of literation

  • A mastery of literation is therefore a necessary element of style.

    Materials and Methods of Fiction

    Clayton Hamilton


Word Origin and History for literation

n.

"representation of sounds by alphabetic letters," 1843, from Latin litera (see letter (n.1)) + -ation.

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