• From Late Latin analphabetus ("unable to read and write; illiterate"), from Ancient Greek ἀναλφάβητος ("illiterate"), from ἀν- + ἀλφάβητος; analysable as an- + alphabet. The English word was probably influenced by cognate words in other languages such as French analphabète, German Analphabetus, Analphabet, analphabeten, Italian analfabeta, analfabeto, Portuguese analfabeto, Spanish analfabeto.
  • The adjective was derived from the noun.

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