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semiliterate

[ sem-ee-lit-er-it, sem-ahy- ]

adjective

  1. barely able to read and write.
  2. capable of reading but not writing.
  3. literate but poorly skilled or informed; lacking the proficiency of a literate person.


noun

  1. a person who is semiliterate.

semiliterate

/ ˌsɛmɪˈlɪtərɪt /

adjective

  1. hardly able to read or write
  2. able to read but not to write


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Other Words From

  • sem·i·lit·er·a·cy [sem-ee-, lit, -er-, uh, -see, sem-ahy-], noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of semiliterate1

First recorded in 1925–30; semi- + literate
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Example Sentences

Erik Rush, a semiliterate “pundit” of no repute, tweeted that Saudis should be aggressively profiled at American airports.

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