In 2002, an illiterate woman named Mukhtaran Mai was punished for something her brother did.
She is illiterate, she is African, she is a stranger in our strange American land, living on the rough edges of our society.
A novelist, she has something Diallo, the illiterate Guinean chambermaid, does not: a sharp pen.
This is why he chose the vehicle of an illiterate woman—Hanna Schmitz, played in the movie by Kate Winslet.
He was an illiterate religious dictator who had no Islamic wisdom or knowledge and who would not listen to others.
These illiterate thugs never manufactured that crossbow or firelighter.
The watchman of this secret chamber was an illiterate, deaf and dumb peasant.
The dispersal of the alphabet over a printed page is not less perplexing to the illiterate.
In spite of his lack of University training he was no illiterate ignoramus.
She was a raw recruit from Nature, unsophisticated, illiterate.
early 15c., "uneducated, unable to read (originally of Latin)," from Latin illiteratus "unlearned, unlettered, ignorant; without culture, inelegant," from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + literatus, literally "furnished with letters" (see literate). As a noun meaning "illiterate person" from 1620s. Hence, illiterati (1788).