un·​tu·​tored | \ ˌən-ˈtü-tərd How to pronounce untutored (audio) , -ˈtyü- \

Definition of untutored

1a : having no formal learning or training
2 : not produced or developed by instruction : native untutored shrewdness

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ignorant, illiterate, unlettered, untutored, unlearned mean not having knowledge. ignorant may imply a general condition or it may apply to lack of knowledge or awareness of a particular thing. an ignorant fool ignorant of nuclear physics illiterate applies to either an absolute or a relative inability to read and write. much of the population is still illiterate unlettered implies ignorance of the knowledge gained by reading. an allusion meaningless to the unlettered untutored may imply lack of schooling in the arts and ways of civilization. strange monuments built by an untutored people unlearned suggests ignorance of advanced subjects. poetry not for academics but for the unlearned masses

Examples of untutored in a Sentence

to the untutored observer these works of art must seem strange indeed
Recent Examples on the Web The masonry was deceptive—seemingly untutored, actually sophisticated. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "Learn To Work With Stone By Building This Classic Garden Bench," 10 Apr. 2021 But where untaught formlessness is the ideal, the formative character of such an enterprise is suspect, a threat to the authentic, untutored self. Michael Knox Beran, National Review, "Can Today’s Soulless Institutions Be Revived?," 6 Feb. 2020 Shakespeare’s untutored mingling of fools and kings seemed odd, so dramatists often rewrote his texts. The Economist, "When was greatness thrust upon William Shakespeare?," 26 Oct. 2019 To untutored ears, gqom can sound gritty, with its apocalyptic sirens and ribcage-rattling bass. Kate Hutchinson, New York Times, "Sho Madjozi’s Mixed Up, Pan-African Rap," 9 Aug. 2019 For another thing, every such proposal tramples all over fair-minded moral intuitions of regular folks, intuitions disqualified by philosophers as primitive and philosophically untutored. New York Times, "What Counts as a Democracy? And Other Questions. …," 12 July 2019 Democrats say President Trump is untutored but then deny the qualified personnel to advise him. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Ending the Nominations Blockade," 9 Oct. 2018 The production skillfully underlines the jocular elements of the score while taking the more sinister idea of the untutored hero, who acts on instinct and can be manipulated, to its logical conclusion. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘Siegfried’ Review: Far From Child’s Play," 6 Nov. 2018 Belief in the untutored wisdom of the masses is the stuff of socialist fantasies. The Economist, "The Conservative Party has trashed the basic principles of conservatism," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of untutored

1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of untutored was in 1593

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19 Apr 2021

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“Untutored.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/untutored. Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of untutored

formal : not having been formally taught something

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