illiteracy illiteracy  /ɪ ˈlɪ tə rə si/


  1. (n) ignorance resulting from not reading
  2. (n) an inability to read


  1. I believe that our Making of America series is an antidote to historical illiteracy, which David describes as a great danger to our democracy.
  2. Dodgy doctors exploit those same factors illiteracy and poverty to buy cheap organs on the black markets.
  3. Until 1964, it was legal in Arizona to challenge a person's right to vote on the grounds of illiteracy.


  1. American Bible Society and NHCLC join forces to combat Biblical illiteracy in Hispanic Communities

    NEW YORK, June 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Two ministry heavyweights, American Bible Society and the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC), are launching a three-year effort to eradicate biblical illiteracy among Hispanics. (Logo:...
    on June 14, 2013     Source: PR Newswire

  2. Literacy, not income, key to improving public health in India

    ( University of Cambridge ) New research suggests public health in developing countries may be better improved by reducing illiteracy rather than raising average income.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: EurekAlert!

  3. Documentary Released by San Diego Council on Literacy Reveals a Hidden Crisis Related to Adult Illiteracy

    Touching personal stories illustrate the challenges of people in San Diego County who kept their illiteracy a secret, and the successes they achieved from learning to read later in life. They are the people behind the “numbers.” (PRWeb June 13, 2013) Read the full story at
    on June 13, 2013     Source: PRWeb


  1. "My trip is to explain, as clearly as I can, that our nation is generous and compassionate, that when we see poverty, we care, that when we see illiteracy, we want to do something about it, that when we find there to be a deficiency in healthcare,...
    on Mar 9, 2007 By: President Bush Source: Los Angeles Times

  2. "In these days, many voices have been raised asking (G-8 leaders) to realize the commitments made at previous G-8 appointments and to courageously adopt all necessary measures to conquer the plagues of extreme poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy,...
    on Jul 6, 2008 By: Pope Benedict XVI Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "I am convinced that the incoming administration will better the work done during the past 14-and-half years so that poverty, underdevelopment, unemployment, illiteracy, challenges of health, crime and corruption will cease to define the lives of...
    on Sep 19, 2008 By: Thabo Mbeki Source: San Francisco Chronicle

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