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ɪˈlɪt ər ɪtil·lit·er·ate

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. illiterate, illiterate person, nonreaderadjective

    a person unable to read

  2. illiterateadjective

    not able to read or write

  3. ignorant, illiterateadjective

    uneducated in the fundamentals of a given art or branch of learning; lacking knowledge of a specific field

    "she is ignorant of quantum mechanics"; "he is musically illiterate"

  4. illiterateadjective

    lacking culture, especially in language and literature


  1. illiteratenoun

    an illiterate person, one not able to read.

  2. illiterateadjective

    Unable to read and write.

  3. illiterateadjective

    Having less than an expected standard of familiarity with language and literature, or having little formal education.

  4. illiterateadjective

    Not conforming to prescribed standards of speech or writing.

  5. Etymology: Recorded in English since 1556, from illitteratus 'unlearned, ignorant', itself from in- 'un-' + litteratus, literally "furnished with letters" (from littera 'letter, character')

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. ILLITERATEadjective

    Unlettered; untaught; unlearned; unenlightened by science.

    Etymology: illiteratus, Latin.

    The duke was illiterate, yet had learned at court to supply his own defects, by the drawing unto him of the best instruments of experience. Henry Wotton.

    Th' illiterate writer, empirick like, applies
    To minds diseas'd unsafe chance remedies:
    The learn'd in schools, where knowledge first began,
    Studies with care th' anatomy of man;
    Sees virtue, vice, and passions in their cause,
    And fame from science, not from fortune draws. Dryden.

    In the first ages of Christianity not only the learned and the wise, but the ignorant and illiterate embraced torments and death. John Tillotson, Sermons.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Illiterateadjective

    ignorant of letters or books; unlettered; uninstructed; uneducated; as, an illiterate man, or people

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Illiterate

    il-lit′ėr-āt, adj. not learned: uninstructed: ignorant.—n.pl. a term used to designate those persons who are unable to read or write or both.—adv. Illit′erately.—ns. Illit′erateness, Illit′eracy, state of being illiterate: want of learning.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of illiterate in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of illiterate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of illiterate in a Sentence

  1. Farhat Abbas:

    I want to become a teacher like him and do the same, had I not met him, I would have remained illiterate.

  2. P. J. O'Rourke:

    Very little is known of the Canadian country since it is rarely visited by anyone but the Queen and illiterate sport fishermen.

  3. Salman Aziz:

    Getting degree only makes someone literate to the society or the nation. But sometime their uncultured acts make them illiterate. Cause they have uneducated mind. Their minds have never got enlightenment with the true education that supposed to make them better person.

  4. Harbans Singh:

    We are illiterate farmers; we seek advice from the vendor and just spray on the crop.

  5. Anuj Somany:

    The remuneration itself is an indication as how much the population value the academic qualification because an illiterate or matriculate worker with 10 months of experience can easily earn Rs.10K per month whereas a post graduate teacher with 10 years of experience is often given Rs.10K per month and under such situation, the top authority wants to build the future of the nation through children.

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