illiterate


il·lit·er·ate

adjective \(ˌ)i(l)-ˈli-t(ə-)rət\

: not knowing how to read or write

: having or showing a lack of knowledge about a particular subject

: not grammatically correct

Full Definition of ILLITERATE

1
:  having little or no education; especially :  unable to read or write <an illiterate population>
2
a :  showing or marked by a lack of familiarity with language and literature <an illiterate magazine>
b :  violating approved patterns of speaking or writing
3
:  showing or marked by a lack of acquaintance with the fundamentals of a particular field of knowledge <musically illiterate>
illiterate noun
il·lit·er·ate·ly adverb
il·lit·er·ate·ness noun

Examples of ILLITERATE

  1. She didn't want anyone to know that she was illiterate.
  2. She is politically illiterate and has never voted in an election.
  3. He's illiterate when it comes to computers.
  4. Constantine is listed in the 1870 census as illiterate; 10 years later, he had learned to read and write. And when, in 1906, the local colored school was slated for destruction, Constantine arranged to save it by having it moved to this property. —Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Wall Street Journal, 1 Feb. 2006

Origin of ILLITERATE

Middle English, from Latin illiteratus, from in- + litteratus literate
First Known Use: 15th century

Related to ILLITERATE

Synonyms
ungrammatical
Antonyms
grammatical
See Synonym Discussion at ignorant

Other Education Terms

baccalaureate, colloquium, corequisite, dissertation, monograph, pedant, practicum, survey course, thesis

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