ill-iterate

illiterate

[ih-lit-er-it]
adjective
1.
unable to read and write: an illiterate group.
2.
having or demonstrating very little or no education.
3.
showing lack of culture, especially in language and literature.
4.
displaying a marked lack of knowledge in a particular field: He is musically illiterate.
noun
5.
an illiterate person.

Origin:
1550–60; < Latin illiterātus unlettered. See il-2, literate

illiterately, adverb
illiterateness, noun
semi-illiterate, adjective
semi-illiterately, adverb
semi-illiterateness, noun

1. illegible, illiterate, unreadable ; 2. illiterate, innumerate.


1. See ignorant.
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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
4.  an illiterate person
 
il'literacy
 
n
 
il'literateness
 
n
 
il'literately
 
adv

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illiterate
1556, from L. illiteratus "unlearned, ignorant," from in- "not" + literatus, lit. "furnished with letters."
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