[ ih-lit-er-it ]
/ ɪˈlɪt ər ɪt /
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unable to read and write: an illiterate group.
having or demonstrating very little or no education.
showing lack of culture, especially in language and literature.
displaying a marked lack of knowledge in a particular field: He is musically illiterate.
an illiterate person.
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Origin of illiterate
synonym study for illiterate
1. See ignorant.
OTHER WORDS FROM illiterate
il·lit·er·ate·ly, adverbil·lit·er·ate·ness, nounsem·i-il·lit·er·ate, adjectivesem·i-il·lit·er·ate·ly, adverb
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH illiterateilliterate , innumerate
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How to use illiterate in a sentence
Proust has to be corrected in one way: It's not "a few illiterates" who care only for political agreement.David's Book Club: Within a Budding Grove|David Frum|July 15, 2012|DAILY BEAST
And I think there are people who are just moral illiterates.Ordinary Monsters|Richard Cohen|December 11, 2008|DAILY BEAST
He wished, I imagine, to give some idea to the young illiterates of the simple laws of motion and force.Prince Zaleski|M.P. Shiel
Our illiterates are largely foreigners who have not been in our country long enough to become educated.Paul and the Printing Press|Sara Ware Bassett
Certainly to supply only about one-half as many illiterates per hundred as the Germans is a notable record.
In 1900 the percentage of illiterates among the Bohemians entering the United States was 3.
But as construed and enforced it is not confined to illiterates but to persons of intelligence as well.The Facts of Reconstruction|John R. Lynch
British Dictionary definitions for illiterate
/ (ɪˈlɪtərɪt) /
unable to read and write
violating accepted standards in reading and writingan illiterate scrawl
uneducated, ignorant, or unculturedscientifically illiterate
an illiterate person
Derived forms of illiterateilliteracy or illiterateness, nounilliterately, adverb
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