American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Unable to read and write.
- adj. Having little or no formal education.
- adj. Marked by inferiority to an expected standard of familiarity with language and literature.
- adj. Violating prescribed standards of speech or writing.
- adj. Ignorant of the fundamentals of a given art or branch of knowledge: musically illiterate. See Usage Note at literate.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Ignorant of letters or books; having little or no learning; unlettered; uncultivated: as, the illiterate part of the population; an illiterate tribe. In census statistics and educational works illiterate is used in the specific sense of unable to read; but in common use it implies only a notable or boorish want of culture, a person unable to read being said to be totally illiterate.
- Showing illiteracy or want of culture; rude; barbarous.
- Synonyms Unlettered, Unlearned, etc. See ignorant.
- n. An illiterate person; one unable to read or to write.
- adj. Unable to read and write.
- adj. Having less than an expected standard of familiarity with language and literature, or having little formal education.
- adj. Not conforming to prescribed standards of speech or writing.
- n. an illiterate person, one not able to read.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Unable to read or write; ignorant of letters or books; unlettered; uninstructed; uneducated.
- n. a person unable to read
- adj. not able to read or write
- adj. lacking culture, especially in language and literature
- adj. uneducated in the fundamentals of a given art or branch of learning; lacking knowledge of a specific field
- Recorded in English since 1556, from Latin illitteratus 'unlearned, ignorant', itself from in- 'un-' + litteratus, literally "furnished with letters" (from littera 'letter, character') (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Latin illīterātus : in-, not; see in-1 + līterātus, literate; see literate. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Sending computers won't do much at all if people are illiterate never mind *computer illiterate* and starving.”
“To be religiously illiterate is to short-change one's self and society.”
“Is English not your mother tongue or are you just plain illiterate?”
“Being internet illiterate is not meant to label them as bad or stupid people – on the contrary they are just ignorant of how to use technology for their own benefit.”
“When I expressed surprise that any one should be content to remain illiterate she laughed good-naturedly and told me that she could make the money to pay her many employees who looked after her business affairs.”
“- The number of absolutely illiterate is equal to about seventeen percent, while not more than ten percent have the advantage of a good common school education.”
“As men and ministers, they did not enjoy the literary advantages of the present age; but if they were what refined scholarship would term illiterate, they were nevertheless well instructed in a practical sense in the doctrines of the righteous government of the great Sovereign of heaven.”
The Life, Labors, and Travels of Elder Charles Bowles, of the Free Will Baptist Denomination, by Eld. John W. Lewis. Together with an Essay on the Character and Condition of the African Race by the Same. Also, an Essay on the Fugitive Law of the U. S. Congress of 1850, by Rev. Arthur Dearing
“You know I am homo unius linguae: in English, illiterate, a dunce, a ninny.”
“Then there is a question of the trainees; the Afghan population is 70% illiterate and, of course, the illiterate are the most likely to sign up for these security positions.”
“Generally I don't like to talk about things like that, but after I read the news tonight and found out that the American congress have voted to admit defeat to a bunch of rag-tag illiterate camel jockeys, I figured it doesn't matter what I say or do to America, it's not like they have any will whatsoever to fight back.”
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