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illiteracy

[ih-lit-er-uh-see] /ɪˈlɪt ər ə si/
noun, plural illiteracies 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
1650-1660
1650-60; illiter(ate) + -acy
Related forms
semi-illiteracy, noun
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Word Origin and History for semiilliteracy

illiteracy

n.

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

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