[ US /ˌɪˈɫɪtɝət/ ]
[ UK /ɪlˈɪtəɹət/ ]
  1. 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
  2. not able to read or write
  3. lacking culture, especially in language and literature
  1. a person unable to read
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How To Use illiterate In A Sentence

  • Even in 1935 they were being sent an ‘astonishing amount of illiterate and unintelligent writing’, but practised readers spent little time on it.
  • It was into this lawless milieu that Devi was born, the second daughter of a low-caste illiterate farmer.
  • When you come to the world of weblogs for the first time you will probably find to your horror that they are written by foul-mouthed illiterates, self-obsessed juveniles (of all ages), assorted bigots and swivel-eyed fruitcakes.
  • Sending computers won't do much at all if people are illiterate never mind *computer illiterate* and starving. Let the train wreck begin
  • People judged to be functionally illiterate lack the basic reading and writing skills required in everyday life.
  • And a lot of our people are elderly and a lot of them are uneducated, illiterate.
  • Hannity is a illiterate, non-educated Northeastern bohunk with a big yap and no brains. Think Progress » Hannity: Snow Storms ‘Seem To Contradict Al Gore’s Hysterical Global Warming Theories’
  • Whether you're educated or illiterate, whether you live on the boulevard or in the alley, you're going to catch hell just like I am.
  • I'm disturbed that so many of the students appear to be illiterate.
  • The screeches of some of the more outlandish among gloomy modern composers or the illiterate wailings of some vapid rock ‘musician’ are subjected to sham scholarship and pseudo philosophising.
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