noun (plural -cies) Date: 1660 1. the quality or state of being illiterate; especially inability to read or write 2. a mistake or crudity (as in speaking) typical of one who is illiterate

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  • Illiteracy — Il*lit er*a*cy, n.; pl. {Illiteracies}. [From {Illiterate}.] 1. The state of being illiterate, or uneducated; lack of learning, or knowledge; ignorance; specifically, inability to read and write; as, the illiteracy shown by the last census. [1913 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • illiteracy — I noun ineducation, inerudition, unintellectualism, unlearnedness, unscholarliness II index ignorance Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • illiteracy — (n.) 1650s, from ILLITERATE (Cf. illiterate) + CY (Cf. cy). Earlier in this sense was illiterature (1590s) …   Etymology dictionary

  • illiteracy — [i lit′ər ə sē] n. 1. the state or quality of being illiterate; lack of education or culture; esp., an inability to read or write 2. pl. illiteracies a mistake (in writing or speaking) suggesting poor or inadequate education …   English World dictionary

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  • illiteracy — n. 1) to eliminate, stamp out illiteracy 2) functional; widespread illiteracy * * * [ɪ lɪt(ə)rəsɪ] stamp out illiteracy widespread illiteracy functional to eliminate …   Combinatory dictionary

  • Illiteracy — Der Ausdruck Illiteralität (engl. illiteracy) bezeichnet einerseits die mangelnde Schreib und Lesekompetenz (Analphabetismus), er umfasst den Mangel an Textverständnis und Sinnverstehen. Andererseits versteht man unter Illiteralität geringe… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • illiteracy — il|lit|er|a|cy [ ı lıt(ə)rəsi ] noun uncount 1. ) the state of not being able to read or write: problems such as illiteracy and poverty 2. ) the state of not knowing much about a subject: economic illiteracy …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • illiteracy — noun 1) for these villagers, poverty and illiteracy go hand in hand Syn: inability to read or write 2) technological illiteracy Syn: ignorance, unawareness, inexperience, unenlightenment, lack of knowledge, lack of education; informal… …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • illiteracy — noun a) The inability to read. Illiteracy is widespread in certain areas of the country. b) The portion of a population unable to read, generally given as a percentage. Ant: literacy See Also: illiterate …   Wiktionary

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