alphabetism

noun al·pha·bet·ism

Definition of alphabetism

plural

-s

  1. :  the use of letters as symbols: a :  the representation of speech sounds by vowel and consonantal rather than syllabic signs b :  the use of groups of letters (such as ABC or XYZ) as a signature or nom de plume

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1867

First Known Use of alphabetism

1867


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