from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Not instructed; ignorant.
  • adj. Not acquired by instruction; natural.

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  • adj. Not taught

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not taught.
  • Unskilled; not having use or practice.
  • Not made the subject of teaching or instruction; not communicated by teaching.
  • Not having learned by experience; ignorant.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. lacking in schooling


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  • But Eleanor would fain believe that the lie which Solomon discovered to be "continually on the lips of the untaught" is not on the lips of those who "'know better" at all.

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  • As long as we accept that racism isn't inherent, but that it is something that is taught, then we must acknowledge that it can be 'untaught'.


  • Lautner says that Rembrandt was "untaught," and Donnelly said the same of Shakespeare, and each critic gives this as a reason why the man could not have done a sublime performance.

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  • The untaught peasant beheld the elements around him, and was acquainted with their practical uses.

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  • I copy part of a letter from the Duke of Grafton, which I received by this post: — 'I have to thank you for the acquaintance of a real untaught genius, starting from our neighbourhood; which, together with the account you give of his moral character, makes me very desirous of being of service to him.

    Letter 21

  • There would be no sense of peoplehood, none of the untaught affections of those who are part of an organic social unit that shares the same destiny.

    Sterile Subject

  • If the children are untaught, their ignorance and vices will in future life cost us much dearer in their consequences than it would have done in their correction by a good education.

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  • About once a year some pious public library banishes Huck Finn from its children's department, and on the same plea always — that Huck, the neglected and untaught son of a town drunkard, is given to lying, when in difficulty and hard pressed, and is therefore a bad example for young people, and a damager of their morals.

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  • But in the army, where next week you may find yourself in a vicious firefight with a load of Taleban wackos bent on both martyrdom and the tender attentions of the usual 72 virgins (or is it 73 this week?), curtailing training by a week may mean that something which might save the life of a young Private soldier in the field goes untaught.

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  • I would be a woman of learning instead of an untaught girl, as stupid as any ordinary girl.

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