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Characterized by ignorance of or lack of familiarity with the letters of the alphabet; wholly or partially illiterate.
Also in form analphabete. A person who is wholly or partially illiterate.
Mid 17th century. From post-classical Latin analphabetus illiterate from ancient Greek ἀναλϕάβητος from ἀν- + ἀλϕάβητος. In use as noun and in later use as adjective probably chiefly after corresponding forms in other languages: compare German † Analphabetus, Analphabet, † Analphabet, nouns, analphabeten, adjective, Italian analfabeta, † analfabeto, noun, Portuguese analfabeto, adjective and noun, Spanish analfabeto, adjective and noun, French analphabète.
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