unlettered


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un·let·tered

 (ŭn-lĕt′ərd)
adj.
1.
a. Not adept at reading and writing; deficient in the knowledge that can be acquired from books.
b. Illiterate.
2. Having no lettering: a plain, unlettered T-shirt.

unlettered

(ʌnˈlɛtəd)
adj
1. (Education) uneducated; illiterate
2. not marked with letters: an unlettered tombstone.

un•let•tered

(ʌnˈlɛt ərd)

adj.
1. uneducated; untutored; ignorant.
2. illiterate.
3. not marked with letters, as a tombstone.
[1300–50]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.unlettered - having little acquaintance with writingunlettered - having little acquaintance with writing; "special tutorials to assist the unlettered sector of society"
illiterate - not able to read or write
2.unlettered - uneducated in general; lacking knowledge or sophistication; "an ignorant man"; "nescient of contemporary literature"; "an unlearned group incapable of understanding complex issues"; "exhibiting contempt for his unlettered companions"
uneducated - not having a good education

unlettered

adjective uneducated, ignorant, illiterate, unlearned, untutored, unschooled, untaught Such misconceptions have not been confined to the unlettered masses.
educated, literate, learned, schooled, taught, tutored
Translations

unlettered

[ˈʌnˈletəd] ADJindocto

unlettered

adjungebildet; (= illiterate)analphabetisch attr
References in classic literature ?
If then, Sir William Jones, who read in thirty languages, could not read the simplest peasant's face, in its profounder and more subtle meanings, how may unlettered Ishmael hope to read the awful Chaldee of the Sperm Whale's brow?
This public exhibition of the tulip was an act of adoration rendered by an entire nation, unlettered and unrefined, to the refinement and culture of its illustrious and devout leaders, whose blood had stained the foul pavement of the Buytenhof, reserving the right at a future day to inscribe the names of its victims upon the highest stone of the Dutch Pantheon.
Yet, thanks to our good chancellor, I am not wholly unlettered. I have read Ockham, Bradwardine, and other of the schoolmen, together with the learned Duns Scotus and the book of the holy Aquinas."
They were short days, for into them were crowded many hours of insidious instruction of the unlettered child by the lonely woman.
On points where the learned have, in purity of heart, been compelled to differ, the unlettered will necessarily be at variance.
They were poor people and unlettered. They came of generations of poor unlettered people--peasants of the sea who sowed their sons on the waves as has been their custom since time began.
And yet I found Colonel Ingram situated the same as the unlettered mechanics.
Oh, well-a-day and lack-a-day, the whirligig of time and fortune, the topsyturviness of luck, the wooden shoe going up and the polished heel descending a French gunboat, a conquered island kingdom of Oceania, to-day ruled over by a peasant-born, unlettered, colonial gendarme, and .
The latter more than once received from his lips curses as sententious and as complicated as that celebrated anathema of the church, for a knowledge of which most unlettered Protestants are indebted to the pious researches of the worthy Tristram Shandy.
Najman Bua in her unlettered way was a quiet admirer of Nehru.
His legislative successes in enacting pro-poor social legislations continue to endear him to the unlettered and the unwashed.
Considering the fact that badly educated people are no better than those who are illiterate and unlettered, use of unfair means and other corrupt practices ought to be dealt with an iron hand.