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illiterate

[ih-lit-er-it] /ɪˈlɪt ər ɪt/
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
1550-1560
1550-60; < Latin illiterātus unlettered. See il-2, literate
Related forms
illiterately, adverb
illiterateness, noun
semi-illiterate, adjective
semi-illiterately, adverb
semi-illiterateness, noun
Can be confused
illegible, illiterate, unreadable.
illiterate, innumerate.
Synonyms
1. See ignorant.
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British Dictionary definitions for semiilliterate

illiterate

/ɪˈlɪtərɪt/
adjective
1.
unable to read and write
2.
violating accepted standards in reading and writing an illiterate scrawl
3.
uneducated, ignorant, or uncultured scientifically illiterate
noun
4.
an illiterate person
Derived Forms
illiteracy, illiterateness, noun
illiterately, adverb
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Word Origin and History for semiilliterate
illiterate
1556, from L. illiteratus "unlearned, ignorant," from in- "not" + literatus, lit. "furnished with letters."
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