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

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to the untutored observer these works of art must seem strange indeed

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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 But great works of art, even when difficult, often allow the untutored a glimpse into their beauty. Parul Sehgal, New York Times, "Essays That Make Sense of the Infinite and the Infinitesimal," 15 May 2018 To my untutored nose, the smell was only that of hot chicken. Stephanie Schorow, BostonGlobe.com, "Fast becoming a fan of Pollo Campero fried chicken," 9 Mar. 2018 To the untutored eye, the runners seemed to be jogging most of the way. Robert D. Mcfadden, New York Times, "Horace Ashenfelter, Olympic Victor of a Cold War Showdown, Dies at 94," 7 Jan. 2018 Campaign staffers, then, tended to be either untutored, of questionable scruples, unvetted, or unfireable by virtue of family ties—or to possess several of those traits in combination. David A. Graham, The Atlantic, "Trump's Campaign Succeeded by Breaking All the Rules—and It’s Catching Up to Him Now," 12 July 2017

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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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English Language Learners Definition of untutored

formal : not having been formally taught something

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