GC: n

S: http://www.helptheafghanchildren.org/pages.aspx?content=37](external link) (last access: 16 July 2012); http://unstats.un.org/unsd/demographic/products/socind/illiteracy.htm(external link) (last access: 2 September 2014).

N: 1. 1650s, from illiterate + -cy. Earlier in this sense was illiterature (1590s).
2. The state of not knowing how to read or write; the state of not having knowledge about a particular subject; a mistake that is made in the use of language : an illiterate statement or expression.
  • the quality or state of being illiterate; especially : inability to read or write.
  • a mistake or crudity (as in speaking) typical of one who is illiterate.
3. Collocations:
  • Adj.: widespread Illiteracy was widespread at that time.
  • Quant.: level, rate.
  • Illiteracy + noun: rate Illiteracy rates have fallen in recent years.
4. Cultural Interrelation: We can mention, for instance, Illiteracy in America (1995) by Edward F. Dolan and Margaret M. Scariano.

S: 1. http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?allowed_in_frame=0&search=illiteracy&searchmode=none(external link) (last access: 4 September 2014). 2. MW - http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/illiteracy(external link) (last access: 2 September 2014). 3. http://oxforddictionary.so8848.com/search?word=illiteracy(external link) (last access: 16 May 2015). 4. http://www.amazon.com/Illiteracy-America-Impact-Books-Edward/dp/0531111784(external link) (last access: 16 May 2015).


CR: educational status, functional literacy, literacy.


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