GC: n

S:] (last access: 16 July 2012); (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. (last access: 4 September 2014). 2. MW – (last access: 2 September 2014). 3. (last access: 16 May 2015). 4. (last access: 16 May 2015).


CR: educational status, functional literacy, literacy.