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il·lit·er·ate

 (ĭ-lĭt′ər-ĭt)
adj.
1.
a. Unable to read and write.
b. Having little or no formal education.
2.
a. Marked by inferiority to an expected standard of familiarity with language and literature: an illiterate magazine.
b. Violating prescribed standards of speech or writing: a paragraph with several illiterate expressions.
3. Ignorant of the fundamentals of a given art or branch of knowledge: musically illiterate. See Usage Note at literate.
n.
1. A person who is illiterate.
2. (used with a pl. verb) People who are illiterate, considered as a group.

[Middle English, from Latin illīterātus : in-, not; see in-1 + līterātus, literate; see literate.]

il·lit′er·ate·ly adv.
il·lit′er·ate·ness n.

illiterate

(ɪˈlɪtərɪt)
adj
1. unable to read and write
2. violating accepted standards in reading and writing: an illiterate scrawl.
3. uneducated, ignorant, or uncultured: scientifically illiterate.
n
an illiterate person
ilˈliteracy, ilˈliterateness n
ilˈliterately adv

il•lit•er•ate

(ɪˈlɪt ər ɪt)

adj.
1. unable to read and write.
2. having or demonstrating little education.
3. showing lack of culture.
4. displaying a marked lack of knowledge in a particular field: musically illiterate.
n.
5. an illiterate person.
[1550–60; < Latin illiterātus]
il•lit′er•ate•ly, adv.
il•lit′er•ate•ness, n.
syn: See ignorant.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.illiterate - a person unable to read
analphabet, analphabetic - an illiterate person who does not know the alphabet
functional illiterate - a person with some ability to read and write but not enough for daily practical needs
Adj.1.illiterate - not able to read or write
uneducated - not having a good education
literate - able to read and write
2.illiterate - 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"
uneducated - not having a good education
3.illiterate - lacking culture, especially in language and literature
literate - versed in literature; dealing with literature

illiterate

adjective
1. uneducated, ignorant, unlettered, unable to read and write, analphabetic A large percentage of the population is illiterate.
uneducated lettered, educated, literate

illiterate

adjective
Without education or knowledge:
Translations
أُمِّيٌّأُمّـي، لا يَعْرِف القِراءه والكِتابَهغَيْر مُتَعَلِّم
negramotnýnevzdělaný
analfabetanalfabetiskuuddannet
lukutaidotonsivistymätönkouluja käymätön
nepismen
analfabétaírástudatlantanulatlan
ólæs og óskrifandiómenntaîur
読み書きのできない
문맹의
mažaraštisneraštingasneraštingumas
analfabētisksneizglītots
negramotnýnevzdelaný
nepismen
analfabet
ไม่สามารถอ่านและเขียนได้
cahilokuma yazması olmayanokuması yazması olmayan
mù chữ

illiterate

[ɪˈlɪtərɪt]
A. ADJ [person] (= unable to read or write) → analfabeto; (= ignorant) → ignorante, inculto; [letter, handwriting] → plagado de faltas
to be functionally illiterateser un analfabeto funcional
he's sexually illiterateen materia sexual está en mantillas
B. Nanalfabeto/a m/f

illiterate

[ɪˈlɪtərət] adj
[person] → illettré(e)
[letter, writing] → plein(e) de fautesill luck nmalchance fill-mannered [ˌɪlˈmænərd] adj [person, behaviour] → inconvenant(e)

illiterate

adjdes Schreibens und Lesens unkundig; country, populationanalphabetisch; (= badly-educated, uncultured) personungebildet, unwissend; lettervoller Fehler; he’s illiterateer ist Analphabet; to be functionally illiteratepraktisch nicht lesen und schreiben können; economically/musically illiteratevöllig unwissend, wenn es um Wirtschaft/Musik geht; many people are computer-illiterateviele Menschen kennen sich nicht mit Computern aus
nAnalphabet(in) m(f)

illiterate

[ɪˈlɪtrɪt]
1. adj (person) → analfabeta, illetterato/a; (letter) → sgrammaticato/a
2. nanalfabeta m/f, illetterato/a

illiterate

(iˈlitərət) adjective
1. unable to read and write.
2. having little or no education.
ilˈliteracy noun

illiterate

أُمِّيٌّ negramotný analfabetisk ungebildet αγράμματος analfabeto lukutaidoton analphabète nepismen analfabeta 読み書きのできない 문맹의 analfabeet ikke lese- og skrivekyndig niepiśmienny analfabeto неграмотный analfabet ไม่สามารถอ่านและเขียนได้ okuma yazması olmayan mù chữ 不识字的

il·lit·er·ate

a. analfabeto-a.

illiterate

adj analfabeto
References in classic literature ?
And I have no doubt that he will thrive, and be a very rich man in timeand his being illiterate and coarse need not disturb us.
And this invention would certainly have taken place, to the great ease as well as health of the subject, if the women, in conjunction with the vulgar and illiterate, had not threatened to raise a rebellion unless they might be allowed the liberty to speak with their tongues, after the manner of their forefathers; such constant irreconcilable enemies to science are the common people.
Friend Meletus, you think that you are accusing Anaxagoras: and you have but a bad opinion of the judges, if you fancy them illiterate to such a degree as not to know that these doctrines are found in the books of Anaxagoras the Clazomenian, which are full of them.
It seemed, of course, preposterous that this fair and beautiful young woman should prefer to remain in the filthy douar of an illiterate old Arab rather than return to the comforts, luxuries, and congenial associations of the hospitable African bungalow from which the Hon.
Collins was not a sensible man, and the deficiency of nature had been but littleassisted by education or society; the greatest part of his life having been spent under the guidance of an illiterate and miserly father; and though he belonged to one of the universities, he had merely kept the necessary terms, without forming at it any useful acquaintance.
So they did now; but, unfortunately, the ministers and wise men were more deluded than the illiterate people.
Tho' certainly nothing could to any reasonable Being, have appeared more satisfactory, than so gratefull a reply to her invitation, yet I know not how it was, but she was certainly capricious enough to be displeased with our behaviour and in a few weeks after, either to revenge our Conduct, or releive her own solitude, married a young and illiterate Fortune- hunter.
By the paradox already noted, articles of valuable intelligence and enthusiasm were presented with headlines apparently written by an illiterate maniac, headlines such as "Darwin Chews Dirt; Critic Boulnois says He Jumps the Shocks"--or "Keep Catastrophic, says Thinker Boulnois.
The persuasive powers of this illiterate savage were remarkable.
There was a regular supply of inexpensive fiction written to order by poor hacks for the consumption of the illiterate.
The other officers were coarse, illiterate fellows, but little above the villainous crew they bullied, and were only too glad to avoid social intercourse with the polished English noble and his lady, so that the Claytons were left very much to themselves.
No, you can't understand what I learned from that illiterate man- that simple fellow.