Il·lit·er·a·cy n.; pl. Illiteracies
1. The state of being illiterate, or uneducated; lack of learning, or knowledge; ignorance; specifically, inability to read and write; as, the illiteracy shown by the last census.
2. An instance of ignorance; a literary blunder.
The many blunders and illiteracies of the first publishers of his [Shakespeare's] works. --Pope.
n 1: ignorance resulting from not reading
2: an inability to read [syn: analphabetism] [ant: literacy]