Definition of illiteracy in English:

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Pronunciation: /i(l)ˈlidərəsē/


1The inability to read or write: the ineffective educational system meant that illiteracy was widespread
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  • I will never forget a poster devoted to the eradication of illiteracy.
  • Even in Managua, the Nicaraguan capital, the illiteracy rate is very high.
  • We should therefore make the tackling of illiteracy a priority in 2004.
inability to read or write
ignorance, unawareness, inexperience, unenlightenment, lack of knowledge, lack of education
informal cluelessness
literary nescience
1.1Lack of knowledge in a particular subject; ignorance: his economic illiteracy
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  • Americans seem to be particularly notorious for their geographic illiteracy.
  • I get annoyed by the illiteracy of the debate.
  • In an era of biblical illiteracy, this approach will help some.

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