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 physicsilliterate applies to either an absolute or a relative inability to read and write.
much of the population is still illiterateunlettered implies ignorance of the knowledge gained by reading.
an allusion meaningless to the unlettereduntutored 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 WebBig waves and their manifest risks captivate far more viewers than the small to medium-sized waves on the World Championship Tour, where, to the untutored eye, all the surfers seem to be doing basically the same things.
William Finnegan, The New Yorker, 23 May 2022 An electrical problem as simple as a headlight malfunction can drive the untutored owner nuts.
John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Jan. 2022 The masonry was deceptive—seemingly untutored, actually sophisticated.
Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 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, 6 Feb. 2020 Shakespeare’s untutored mingling of fools and kings seemed odd, so dramatists often rewrote his texts.
The Economist, 26 Oct. 2019 To untutored ears, gqom can sound gritty, with its apocalyptic sirens and ribcage-rattling bass.
Kate Hutchinson, New York Times, 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, 12 July 2019 Democrats say President Trump is untutored but then deny the qualified personnel to advise him.
The Editorial Board, WSJ, 9 Oct. 2018 See More
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