illiteracy

Illiteracy is the inability to read. You can help someone overcome illiteracy by reading together, or even by sharing your knowledge of vocabulary.

The word literacy means “the ability to read.” By adding the prefix il-, you change the meaning of the word to its opposite. Illiteracy can refer not only to the inability to read but also to a lack of knowledge in other subject areas. If you’ve never heard of Shakespeare, some people might consider you culturally illiterate.

Definitions of illiteracy
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n an inability to read

Synonyms:
analphabetism
Antonyms:
literacy
the ability to read and write
Type of:
inability
lack of ability (especially mental ability) to do something

n ignorance resulting from not reading

Type of:
ignorance
the lack of knowledge or education