from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Want of learning; unlettered condition; illiteracy; ignorance.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun rare Lack of learning; illiteracy.
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- noun archaic Lack of
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For take away order and rule, and what thing can any man make, eyther beautifull to the eye, or of commendable proportion and durable: then it must needes follow, that the cause of such inconuenient errors doth proceed from ignorance, and hath his beginning from illiterature.
Hypnerotomachia The Strife of Loue in a Dreame Francesco Colonna
It will be said, however, that, whatever the learning of Spenser may have gleaned, the law-books of that age were impervious to the illiterature of Shakespeare.
I could only read at eight years of age, but from that time until eleven I read a mingled and most preposterous mass of literature and illiterature.
A Tramp's Notebook Morley Roberts 1899
Giving an account of the author's birth and family -- The fondness of his mother -- His being put to an academy at sixteen by the advice of his friend -- His thoughts of his own illiterature
Life And Adventures Of Peter Wilkins, Vol. I. (of II.) Robert Paltock 1732
Cambridge scholars laughed at his _gross illiterature_. "
Kemps Nine Daies Wonder Performed in a Daunce from London to Norwich William Kemp 1833